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ARTWORK STATEMENT: LINDA LOCKYER
My artwork, entitled “Washhouse Rhapsody” is inspired by Washhouse Beach at Dunbogan. I love to walk, swim and snorkel there. It is a place of immense beauty, with amazing rockpools and a pristine beach whose peaceful atmosphere I find most exhilarating. A rhapsody can be a piece of music or a poem which has no formal structure but expresses powerful feelings. It is an effusively enthusiastic or ecstatic expression of emotions. I feel that this definition also adequately describes my style of painting, particularly in this artwork. I have used the colours which attracted me most in this coastal environment to portray my subject matter. Using Acrylic paint applied with spatulas, brushes and cloths, the artwork has been created in a somewhat meditative state. Whilst painting, I was imagining, feeling and reliving the experience of being in this wonderful place. The marks were applied deliberately, delicately and with careful consideration in order to capture the exquisite nature of Washhouse Beach.
Windmill Hill Park, at the ocean edge in Port Macquarie, was the original site of Major Archibald Clunes Innes’ wheat and corn grinding mill in the 19th century. The site is now a public park, whose stunning views can be enjoyed by all.I was drawn to create an abstract work of this place, in memory of Mrs Grace Easterbrook, who was the president of the Conservation Society in the early nineteen seventies. It was largely due to her organizing a petition and dedicating years to fight for this cause, that the park did not become the site of a seven-story motel with a concrete car park. I see Grace Easterbrook as one of our local heroes….
When Grace’s husband Arthur died in 2009, the family donated a seat dedicated to him. It was erected overlooking the already existing plaque for his wife and also the sculpture “Folly”, created by Rick Reynolds in 2005 to commemorate the mill which once stood there.
Grace and Arthur’s daughter Marion commented in a Port Macquarie Writer’s article: “We often imagine them there in the park, enjoying the view and smiling at others doing likewise.”
Marion’s words became the inspiration for my work!
“The Keepers of Windmill Hill”, portrays Grace and Arthur and their descendants as the guardians of this special place.
I wanted to capture the beauty and serenity of the surroundings but also conjure memories of the old mill, through an abstracted image of it and its surroundings.
Artist: Linda Lockyer.
Title of work: “The Keepers of Windmill Hill”. Acrylic and ink on canvas, 91.5 x 91.5cm.