January was not kind and I fell victim to one of the nasty flu viruses moving around. So all my plans for the month, including the EAST January meeting got shelved.
However a new initiative at EAST is for each member to write a small blog entry during their birthday month - my idea and would you believe January was my birthday!! Well I am sure no one is interested in the hours I slept recovering in bed BUT one thing I was determined to do was get to the Paul Klee exhibition at Tate Modern and I did finally last week!!
I have always admired Klee's work but I was particualrly keen as the exhibition focuses on the early part of his career which spans pre WW1 and then the consequences of the war both on his personal life, art and career.
Titled "Making Visible" we see Klee's "paintings and drawings that emerged from a creative process of great complexity". I had not realised that his work was mostly small scale so it was fantastic to stand "up close" and admire his images that range from true life to pure abstraction. For me, Klee's famous grids and shadowy overlaps are still my favourite and there were a few included in the display.
Walking around the exhibition, gave me great inspiration and a creative "push" to get on with my own "Between the Lines" work. I am examining the identity of white and Indigenous Australians in the Anzac soldiers from Australia.
The exhibition runs until the 9th March so there is still time to make it if you can.
Keep an eye out for the February birthday members!!