Inspiration comes in packages of all shapes, sizes and compositions. Recently I was gobsmacked by Velasquez Old Woman Cooking Eggs. There was a dynamism in the figures and objects and how they related to each other both in colour and shape. As a result a new series of small works in gouache provided impetus for bigger and better things. The serendipity of reading John Olsen’s biography whilst working on the series, also laid another level.
The egg, a symbol of hope and regeneration that he saw in Velasquez, carried into his work and as a result into mine. I could see a jelly-fish-like symbol in the slithery par-cooked egg whites that could transfer into compositions for my boatshed works.