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Anastasia Flanagan

Artistís Statement.

From an early age I watched and wanted to express what I saw by drawing and painting.

I look back at my life as separate stages of an adventurous journey and the classic Odyssey for a woman of my generation as a wife and mother. I have been at times a public servant, an opal miner, a teacher of art and a cleaner among other things but always thought of myself as an artist and a maker of images. It has been an evolving process and my works reflect what I saw and where I lived at different stages of my life.

I was born into a Greek family in Egypt and was drawing with passion from my early teens. I came to Sydney when I was 17 and tried studying at university but eventually, I studied art for two years and went on to explore ways of painting on my own and I am still doing it. Even then, people wanted to buy my work and it was very encouraging to help me keep at it while working full time.

In the early 1970í s I moved to Lightning Ridge where I was inspired by the landscape, natureís patterns, the light and the brilliant colours of opals that I cut and polished. The isolation (no galleries, bookshops, movie theatres and no TV until 1980) fuelled my imagination.

After my return to Sydney in the 90s, my subjects changed to reflect urban-scapes, sea-scapes and my introspection.

My oil/acrylic paintings are made in layers of transparent pigments over opaque textures. This technique has been inspired and developed after working for thirty years, in Batik, as a medium, which is done by drawing in hot wax on natural fabrics, artistís canvas or hand made papers. Permanent dyes are then painted on with a brush in similar ways to watercolour techniques.

My pursuit of Art has always been for my own pure self-expression. It is an outlet of my thoughts and feelings, a creation of beauty and it is the constant that keeps me from going crazy.

Even when the sale of my work supported my family during tough times in the bush, I have never thought of my work as a career or a commodity but a necessary part of who I am.

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