Syzygium moorei (aka Coolamon Tree) in flower at the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens
Isn’t this beautiful, Mo! That soft pink… What a great family of trees they are. Lovely photo!
It’s a really big old tree so there was a rainbow of lorikeets loudly feasting with glee!
You captured it well, Mo.
Isn’t it funny that I couldn’t remember those brilliant pink flowers ’til you showed them to me yesterday especially after working with that tree on my section when I was a gardener there 22 years ago! am still digesting the Grayson Perry experience at the MCA, feeling unsure about whether his work is Art or Theatre or if my opinion really matters… the work is well made, the man is prolific, defiantly flamboyant and playfully intelligent… but … overall … my gut reaction is close to nauseating & more disturbingly I think he would like that!
Interesting that you are having those reactions. I have also found it hard to get my response to the work sorted out, (not that that is an issue). Perhaps the strength of the work is just that it does cause confusion and turns things upside down. I had a funny /odd experience when I saw the show. I really wanted to just sit down and take things in, which wasn’t possible due to no space for seating. When I got to the rooms where there were benches they were all occupied by nursing mothers (also obviously desperate for somewhere they could sit). The combination of nursing mothers, en masse as it were, and Perrys ‘tapestries’ struck me as an almost Perryesque scene that he would have been proud to have arranged himself. Oh well, it must be achieving something if we are still thinking about the exhibition.
Oh my goodness, yes! all the bright young mothers with their designer babies hogging the available seating would fit in with the show perfectly, here’s an interesting link to his background research for The Vanity of Small Differences. He has made me think more deeply about how the role of the artist in the 21st C has been consumed by that one awful word “aspirational”
I think, perhaps he seems to be more of a ‘Dame Edna Everidge’ like satirist or social commentator, while at the same time a brilliant technician. I don’t especially like or enjoy his art, but then, like you, I’m not sure we’re supposed to like it. Some details, eg the illustrations embedded in the ceramic vases I admired. He’s certainly found a niche for himself and that’s not easy, I’m guessing.
Hi again Cathy, yes I would imagine Barry Humphries “Dame Edna” and Perry’s “Claire” could have a very entertaining conversation!
John McDonald’s review is good, to quote his closing lines;
“… Perry is made for success. He suggests that the artist superstar of tomorrow will not be a brooding genius, but a master communicator and entertainer. The frocks are optional”.
here’s the link
there’s a funny thing about flowers from other places… i love seeing them and this one is just so amazing and beautiful. when i visit australia i am always shaken up a bit, which is certainly a good thing! in contrast, we are finally beginning to see winter…a dusting of snow and the temperature a bit cooler. ice on the way. happy winter.
hope you have time to visit us here in Sydney next year Velma!
Mo, in love with your last work and happy happy congratulations with the old man crow book
thanks Yvette, 2016 is going to be wild!
Love the beautiful Syzygium flowers- the last time I saw them was in Murwillumbah on a really old tree there. I bought one for my garden but it still hasn’t flowered after ten years!
maybe next year!
Ahhhh Mo, this tree looks stunning !!!
All the best for a wonderful, healthy and colourful 2016 !
Such wonderful flowers/tree…………
(((Martine))) it was magic working for three & 1/2 years in the Botanic Gardens after I finished art school, met so many remarkable trees!
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