Above right is a Batik painting titled 'Gale Force' which was in the semi finalists of the themed Art competition 'In The Wild' run by the King House Gallery' in Stratford upon Avon
batik showing different techniques
This batik painting was selected by Fiona Talkington the presentor for BBC Radio 3 as the joint winner for the Marie Dyson Award In the Reading Guild of Artists 90th Anniversary Exhibition. This is Fiona's statement about the artwork:
"Over the last few days we have seen the devastation caused by extreme heat in America and the extreme flooding in Europe: the earth has been screaming. Nina's batik work seemed to me to show an earth singing and dreaming of how things might be. Exuberant blues and oranges- are they pushing away the delicate hints of flame? There are huge swirling lines and the tiniest most intricate details, exquisite techniques, which tell of time spent in love and care for this planet of ours. 'Earth Dreaming' simply wouldn't let me go"
Fiona has beautifully desribed above the creative purpose that lies behind my Batik artwork.... to express for myself and stimulate for the viewer the diversity and beauty of our planet Earth, and the crisis that currently enfolds humanity, all nature and the oceans
Earth is screaming!
This is my contribution, to remind us why each of us can choose to act in some small way.
to the left and below in 'Strata' can clearly be seen the drawing and scribbling effects of the tjanting.
This is a beautiful traditional batik tool originating in Indonesia. It has a wooden handel, a small copper bowl from which a tiny spout allows the hot wax to flow smoothly.
It is indispensible to the Batik artist.