Poems from lockdown

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Frances Guerin, The Painters, after Jacek Melchewski, 2019. Acrylic and oil on canvas, 1200 x 1200 cm. Whitegum Studio and Exhibition Space, Wheatsheaf, Victoria. This painting transposes Melchewski’s figures holding weapons into paintbrushes to acknowledge the medium of communication and expression that has held the artist through tough times, through loss and illness. By the act of painting, she has ‘endured and ascended’.

 

Deep Peace

Today is bright and still with winter sunshine,
that lights up the wings of tiny insects flying around me.
Occasionally the sound of happy voices in the neighbourhood
and the wild laughter of the kookaburra chorus
breaks through the profound silence of the forest.
Under the apple tree rests a young kangaroo and her joey,
Her bright look is peaceful when she sees me,
Nearby my cat preens his silken coat in a nest of leaves in the sun
And in the leaves of trees, for an instance,
I catch a glimpse of the sacred face of the Lord of Love.

 

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Frances Guerin, Bledne Kolo, after Jacek Melchewski, 2019. Acrylic and oil on canvas, 1200 x 1200 cm. Whitegum Studio and Exhibition Space, Wheatsheaf, Victoria. This work explores the unity that underpins the subpersonalities and archetypes of the individual in the form of the whale, the collective unconscious which we all share. The child on top of the ladder refers to the biblical text, ‘… a little child shall lead them’.

Dream

Words float up in the night
Et lux pepetua eis
is that Elgar?
The sublime high notes
Dissolve the ceiling
what has died Is merely the suffering
that dissolves into warm love
Anamnesis
I remember …

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Frances Guerin is a ceramicist and painter, and former counsellor. She lives on Dja Dja Wurrung country, where she senses the presence of the past elders in the ancient trees and the rocks, and she acknowledges the present and emerging custodians of the land.

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