I am daring enough to step right outside the lines as I spontaneously develop my creative projects.
With enthusiasm and a sense of adventure, the Page of Wands is a welcome sight to most Tarot card readings. He represents the fun parts of life with child-like happiness.The Page of Wands is all about impulsively taking action towards manifesting ideas. Even if the idea is embryonic a Page pursues this without fear of rejection.
The Page of Wands wants you to take time to connect with your inner self and use your originality and talents to carve a life path that is unique to you and you alone. It is a card full of hope and ambition, with an aspect of newness to it.
Dorothy Napangardi and Del Kathryn Barton each stepped well outside the lines as they produced inspired eccentric work.
Dorothy Napangadi was born in 1950 in Mina Mina country, which is about 400km North West of Alice Springs. Mina Mina is the site of an important rock hole and there are many Dreaming stories associated with this country. Dorothy was one of around 3,000 Warlpiri speakers who lived in or are originally from the Tanami Desert region of Central Australia. She died in 2013.
Napangardi was the master of movement. Her dotted representations of the landscape around her country are truly captivating and have made her one of the most well-known Australian Aboriginal artists. Dorothy had great success both in Australia and overseas, and some of her many achievements include winning the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in 2001, a retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in 2003 and being included in the Sydney Biennale in 2012.
Dorothy Napangardi’s work is highly sought after by both collectors and curators worldwide. Her paintings and prints have been widely exhibited and are in all national collections within Australia and in major collections worldwide including most recently the MET, New York. Napangardi had the honour of being the 2nd indigenous artist to be given a solo survey exhibition at the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), Sydney that traced 11 years of her painting career in 1991.
Del Kathryn Barton is an Australian painter best known for her whimsical depictions people and animals.
Her detailed and vibrant paintings explore the symbolic language of femininity, interweaving references to traditional folklore and the cosmos. Barton’s practice is grounded in self-referentiality, drawing from a euphoric, emotional inner world.Her psychedelic environments are created using sequins, markers, gouache, and glitter.
“All I can say is that the work does mean everything to me and it is like a life source,” she explained. Born on December 11, 1972 in Sydney, Australia, she attended the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, graduating with a BFA in 1993. In 2008, the artist won the prestigious Archibald Prize for her portrait You are what is most beautiful about me, a self portrait with Kell and Arella, a self-portrait with her two children.
In 2013, she again won the Archibald Prize, this time for her portrait of the actor Hugo Weaving. Barton’s fantasy world lent itself to a successful animated adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s work The Nightingale and the Rose in 2015. She continues to live and work in Sydney, Australia. Today, Barton’s works are held in the collections of the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, and the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, among others.