You are the things you have collected over time – joys and achievements, loving friendships, mirthful memories, foibles and frustrations, sorrow and loss. Your qualities have been compiled with an unintentional elegance over the course of a life to form a happily imperfect whole.
In the same way, a house is a collection of things that, together, form a kind of anti-décor – a style that may not conform to the accepted ideas about fashion or aesthetics, but which becomes a uniquely perfect signature.
The paintings are an attempt to capture the light and shade of memories and emotions that inhabit a home, embodied in part by the well-loved items that come together to tell a family’s story. These paintings are a patchwork of secrets – fragments of the artist’s home, life, self. They record this ever-evolving tableau at this moment in time, and give themselves up to the patterns that emerge.
Interior with drawing board #1 122 x 122cm mixed media on canvas
Studio corner #1 91 x 152cm mixed media on canvas
Studio Corner #2 101 x 121cm mixed media on canvas
Interior with scales 61 x 61cm
Interior with stool 55 x 55cm
Interior with drawing board #2 122 x 122cm
Winner Martin Hansen Award 2017
Interior with sketch book 55 x 55cm
Prior to producing artwork I write to formalise ideas; everyday narratives provide the starting point and word play drives the momentum.
In contrast the starting point for the new body of work Haiku will be paintings selected from my studio store which will act as a prompt for written words - Haiku poems.
The haiku poem as text board adjoins the initial painting forming a diptych.
flight of arms flute form
birth pot tilting on pea sticks
deep the marker marks
gift wrap drops de Dah
pastel limbs of hose pipe flap
bird like the pen pecks
Extract from biography Andrea Huelin 2007
In 2006, Poulsen turned her creatively analytical mind to commonplace café signage for her new body of work Menu Board. With trademark playfulness and wit, she played with the text, language and aesthetics of chalkboard café menus and roadside food stalls and reinvented them with new beauty and meaning. With Poulsen’s poetic twist, the signs assumed cultural, geographical and even economic symbolism while retaining an intriguing ambiguity. Menu Board was exhibited at KickArts Contemporary Arts in Cairns in 2007.
Frozen mango cheeks 150 x 110cm mixed media stitched assemblage Private collection
Late night menu 150 x 110cm mixed media stitched assemblage Private collection
Salad 170 x 140 cm mixed media on calico Finalist Fleurieu Peninsular Art Award 2008
Double shot morning 180 x ? mixed media on canvas
Xmas Menu Board 2007 152 x 110cm mixed media on canvas Artist collection
Country Cuisine #2 152 x 110cm mixed media on canvas
BLACK + WHITE MENU BOARDS
Menu Board began as an inquiry into the multiple meanings and aesthetic possibilities of words on signs when reinvented on canvas.
In contrast to pictures, text as subject crafts a new and competitive tension. Initially, the words present as abstract symbols with pictorial and illusory qualities, the visual and verbal compete as both text and picture elements fighting to be ‘read’ in different ways. This combination of visual aesthetics linked with emotive, gastronomic sub-text, causes the familiar to become new and surprising.
Whereas the actual boards are hard, sharp and chalky, the compositions in Menu Board are soft, stitched and assembled, scarified, printed and painted, which contributes to the effect of the often obscure letters and words having a life of their own.
With wine 180 x 150cm mixed media on canvas
Chalk Board 182 x 152cm mixed media stitched assemblage Private collection Cairns
Chopping board #2 90 x 65cm mixed media stitched assemblage Private collection
OLIO 90 x 65cm mixed media stitched assemblage Private collection
One olive two olive 90 x 65cm mixed media on canvas Private collection
Ox heart 90 x 65cm mixed media stitched assemblage Private collection
Gnocchi 90 x 65cm mixed media on canvas Private collection
Heirlooms 90 x 65cm mixed media on canvas Private collection
Kalamata 90 x 65cm mixed media stitched assemblage Private collection