A collection from the NEA archives celebrating the contribution of NEA"s somewhat shabby chic chairs
to the comfort of NEA volunteers and visitors!
1, ''A Grandmother Chair'
Joel McKerrow , October 2019
Award winning Australian writer and performance poet Joel Mckerrow wrote '...a grandmother chair' during 'The Foreboding Emptiness of an Empty Page' , a workshop to show others 'how to push past creative blocks and begin to create with a renewed sense of freedom'. It is a wonderful example of the creative process meeting self-reflection.
There is a lonely chair here.
Sitting in the corner.
Observing the simple pleasures.
The light that shines through window.
Now fallen upon her.
She is a her.
She is a grandmother chair.
Soaking in the warmth.
She is frayed and slightly beaten.
Thumb tack pins that still hold her together and I wonder what pins shall be holding this skin together in the years to come.
When the sun has faded my face.
When I am worn and beaten and bruised.
Will I sit lonely in a corner.
Yet still. Yet silent. Yet observing the soft pleasures of the day.
The pigeons that coo and fly and rustle their wings outside.
Too often I am like them.
Too much flight.
Not enough stillness.
Not enough like this grandmother.
Wooden legs held to carpet.
Thread come loose.
Old and decayed. Yet so content.
That was has been has always been.
That what shall come shall not be a bother.
This chair is, holds herself.
Like she always has.
Like I wish that I could.
October 3 2019
7. 'Ruth & Daisy Out on the Footpath'
"Red & orange, a blend of shapes & patterns,
inner excitement for the future ahead,
dark swirls of what has been overcome,
but more still underneath,
potential, strength, incomplete,
a late spring afternoon.
Gaze staring down the road, sightless,
lost in thought, everything muted,
The rise & fall of gentle breathing,
comfort, warmth & love,
out on the footpath with a cherished special friend."
Oil on canvas 92 x 76cm $1650 M 0431 890 158
People's Choice Winner, 'Our Backyard' Exhibition, Benalla Festival, North East Artisans, November 2018
8. Red Chairs Study #1 - 'Catching Up'
featuring Ruth Mollison and friend
" almost closing time, December 2018 - Ruth was working in the Red Road Cafe when a musician friend called by on his way to a gig somewhere... they were so pleased to catch up with one another and share news of friends and music'