October is Benalla Show time! Showing in the Benalla Rural City Council's 'Foyer Gallery' during October - Julie Burdis' 'My Chooks'. A number of NEA artisans enter their work in categories including textiles, painting, jewellery and can be overheard discussing their entries at this time of the year.. Other NEA members, including Carla Gardner and Julie Burdis, have a passion for chooks. Julie's passion is evident in her painting "My Chooks' and her accompanying artist statement.
"Born during World War II in Yorkshire, families were encouraged by the government to use their gardens for growing food and keeping chickens. One of the chickens became bonded to me and would come into the house, jump up on the back of a chair and look down on me in my crib.
I was only told about this in later life as whenever I saw chickens I would smile and always intended when I got older that I would breed them.
Building my first chook house, I had read somewhere that chickens couldn't see blue. The pole in the middle of the house was painted blue and I sat back waiting to see if they would smack into it. They didn't! Of course they could see it, but if asked would not have been able to tell you the colour!
I had heard that listening to Mozart could make you more intelligent and so played him to them. Didn't seem to have any effect. I tried opera and they jumped out of their skin.
I decided that visual art might be the way to go.'
Artist Statement and 'Occasional Blog' by Julie Burdis
*Cards featuring Julie's painting 'My Chooks' are available at NEA.
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