A very talented photographer decided to capture life on Bondi beach in postcard format. We worked together at the highly ‘irrational & strange’ international exchange, home of many creative and flamboyant people. He graciously allowed me to pay homage to his iconic closeup of a lifesaver. It appeared in several venues, lastly in a solo show I set up at the Newtown Gallery, Missenden Road, Camperdown, where it was purchased by a Norwegian University professor, visiting Sydney for Mardi Gras.

Lifesaver, 1985. 90 cms H X 60 cms W. Woven tapestry, cotton warp, wool, cotton wefts. Unusual for my work of that time, I was able to combine realistic body textures with expressionist gestures and manufactured objects, the wrist watch, the polyester swim costume. The mix was made possible by the focussed closeup, which eliminated the inessential.


About anton veenstra

tapestry weaver, fibre artist, gay/qr activist, multiculturalist
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