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Perspectives, Issue #003 -- Rain Rain, Go Away!
March 19, 2008

"Perspectives" - Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Well what a lot of rain we have had in Far North Queensland!

In fact, floods have been common along the length of the east coast of Australia. The northern tropics have really just had a "normal" wet season, brought by the annual monsoons, which move south of the equator at this time of the year.

The constant crashing of rain can seem exciting - or soothing if one is in bed needing a lullaby!

One day last week Port Douglas clocked up 446mm in a 24 hour period - that's nearly a foot and a half of rain - and a hundred year record. It is also more than the total annual rainfall of some parts of Australia and other regions of the world.

The rain cools things down somewhat and is rather fun to walk about in - at one with Nature, as it were. That much of it runs off into the ocean seems a waste in a country where drought is an ever-present reality.

Frieda van Aller

rain is splashing down
corrugated iron roof
becomes solid sound

More tropical haikus by Frieda

This month and in future I shall endeavour to bring you news of an artist of the region by profiling some aspect of his or her work.

There will also be a new haiku, either from our resident haiku writer, Frieda, or from you. Soon I shall make a form on the site for haikus from readers and shall publish some of the best submitted.

Starting next month I shall also bring you a series of articles about the business of art. Most artists don't really want to know about it but there is no way that they will ever make a living at their craft unless they follow some basic rules of business, so if you are one of those - look out for next month's newsletter.

Marie Simberg-Hoglund

A piece of art glass by Marie Simberg-Hoglund and her husband, Ola, has recently been acquired by The Art Gallery of Western Australia. We congratulate them on this professional achievement.

Here are some thoughts from Marie on the subject of the exciting possibilities of working with glass, at which she and Ola are experts.

Marie Simberg-Höglund:


Glass is a vision of light and colour as the light reflects off the surface and the viewer experiences a sense of movement.

Glass is unique among other materials used in the creation of art. It has no crystalline structure and although it appears solid, it is in fact a substance that has passed from a hot, molten liquid to a cold rigid state without structural change.

It is a ‘supercooled liquid’ and reflects and absorbs light, heat and coldness.

As an artist I love to experiment with different glass techniques. Creating individual glass tiles for an underwater mural recently, I used ‘painting with light’ – a technique where I fuse cut and crushed glass together in the kiln at 795 degrees celsius to achieve a single multi-layered piece of glass.

Working and collaborating with my glassblowing husband, Ola, gives me the freedom to explore my ideas. Together, we have been trying to master the rare and demanding Graal technique for the last 30 years.

Because we live close to the Great Barrier Reef, when we are in Australia, I have also developed a series of ‘Reef Graal’ works, where the underwater world is captured in the centre of each piece, suspended in several layers of thick, crystal clear glass.

Each individual piece of these art works has been inspired by nature and signifies a connection to our place and the vibrant energy of the earth.

Please feel free to forward this e-newsletter to friends if you think that they would enjoy it.

Until next time


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