Friendship and the Mysteries.

Bright yellow.

My heart feels joyful.
Citrine, amethyst, rose quartz.
Rocks from Sedona. Given by a friend.
Optimism and clarity. Protection and wisdom.
Love and compassion. Friendship and the mysteries.
~Ally.

I often use bits and pieces that I gather from the local bushland in my assemblages and flatlays. Some of which are not considered to be typically ‘beautiful’ but it’s all in the ‘seeing.’

It took me a long time to understand that we all see what we think is the same thing, person, object or situation quite differently: In a way that’s unique to our being, background and environment.

How do we find ways to express what is unique in our seeing and understanding ~And also be able to extend our thinking and perception to encompass that of others, to find coherence.

‘Friendship and the Mysteries.’

Employing much the same methods as my assemblages with natural materials and water/ice. Now using only a simple piece of coloured paper for the background and a crystal obélisque.

A few years ago, I made a sculpture with 4 pillars that were all three-sided. It was installed high on a cliff overlooking the ocean at Bondi, South of Sydney.

From that work came the idea of making pillars that were four-sided and instead of being vertical, would gently narrow with their height. It was only later that I realized the shape of ‘my idea’ was actually that of an obélisque.

It’s been at the back of my mind for some time now, to make obélisques in a similar way to the original 4 pillars. So including this little crystal obélisque in my arrangements has been quite a significant beginning again for me .

Materials: Crystal obélisque, citrine, amethyst, rose quartz and Sedona rock pieces. With seeds, dried hydrangeas and rose petals on yellow paper.


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Stage 1.

There is nearly always some sort of structure in the background of my ephemeral art, that becomes hidden or merges with added layers.

The small yellow crystals seen here were quite hidden by the final stage. I tend towards liking the simplicity of these early stages.

Materials: Crystal obélisque surrounded by 6 pieces of citrine with 6 seeds on yellow paper.


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Stage 2.

Addition of four larger crystals and Sedona rocks that a friend had given me.

Materials: Crystal obélisque surrounded by 6 pieces of citrine and 6 seeds on yellow paper. With citrine, amethyst, rose quartz and Sedona rock pieces placed in the corners.


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Stage 3.

Much of my work is about building up layers, so that the background is only partially or no longer visible.

A loosly structured circle of dried hydrangea petals. Carefully placed

Materials: Crystal obélisque surrounded by 6 pieces of citrine and 6 seeds on yellow paper. With citrine, amethyst, rose quartz, Sedona rock pieces in the corners and dried hydrangeas randomly placed.


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Stage 4: Final Stage of ‘Friendship and the Mysteries.’

A sprinkling of some dried rose petal gave an ‘enchanted randomness.’

My arrangements generally start to become overdone towards the end. I do like to push them till they begin to fall apart. However  at this stage I already knew it was time and no more was needed.

Materials: Crystal obélisque, citrine, amethyst, rose quartz and Sedona rock pieces. With seeds, dried hydrangeas and rose petals on yellow paper.


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About my work.

Relatively small assemblages or arrangements are constructed from flowers, weeds and plants, combined with other natural materials that I find in the local bushland or surrounding urban streets.

If you have any questions about this work or would like to leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you.

This article was originally posted at my Steemit website and titled: Friendship and the Mysteries.

All photographs: ©Alison Lee Cousland.

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