Who Shot Charlie D
The opposing mountains, leaning towards each other, represent a monumental real life battle and portray the environmental and humanitarian devastation of rampant corporate greed, on one side, in opposition to the natural world and society on the other.
“Charlie D” could be Charles Dickens, political activist and literary genius or, Charles Darwin the scientist who introduced us to the theory of evolution.
Inspired by Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus", Charlie Dee also represents our own remarkable evolution and astonishing beauty to reminds us that some things are worth saving, including us.
The meaning of the name Charlie stands for 'freedom'. In the urban dictionary the meaning is 'love' and, the Celtic translation for Dee is 'Goddess'. Not that Charlie Dee is Celtic, with brown skin and blue, green, brown Asian eyes she is universal. The story goes that the goddess Venus emerges from the water after her birth when fully-grown. A mythological goddess whose functions encompassed love, beauty, desire, fertility, prosperity and victory. Designed to get our attention, the appeal of Charlie Dee is sensory and accessible but, if pursued, also requires thoughtful interpretation and, this time, the Goddess of Love is on a mission to save what she loves.
Anyone focused on the Botticelli styled nudity of Charlie Dee is distracted from the main issue and, missing the point. It’s telling us something frightening. It's telling us, if we don't look at the bigger picture, the natural world and civilisation will be destroyed by our own lack of vision and foresight. Among other things, this artwork lifts the veil on that.
Art Galleries & Museums
This painstakingly created work of art is a vehicle to help save the future and, in the process, save our priceless art collections for future generations. Without that future, our priceless art is worthless. There was no time to paint this work in oil and I needed multiple copies to display simultaneously so, I'm doing 10 large format (75cm x 130cm) limited edition gallery reproductions using plexiglass and 100 variable size high resolution dye on metal. If you have a social conscience and concern for the future, I would like your help to present this visually appealing and thought provoking work of contemporary art to the public through exhibition.
Upcoming Exhibitions (Art Prize entered & where you can view "Who Shot Charlie D" in 2020)
Avalon Art Gallery Art Depot - Cinema Arcade Avalon - TBA
28 Feb 20: Adelaide Park Lands Art Prize - TBA
FebMar20: Heads On Photo Awards - TBA
04 Mar 20: Rutherglen Tastes of Art Prize - TBA
16 Mar 20: Mandorla Art Award - TBA
20 Mar 20: Alice Prize - TBA
27 Mar 20: Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize - TBA
31 Mar 20: Bayside Acquisitive art prize - TBA
17 Apr 20: Stanthorpe Art Prize - TBA
June 2020: Animago digital artists awards - TBA
>More to come<
Some of the spirit meanings in "Who Shot Charlie D"
There are many thought provoking ideas and metaphors woven into this compelling visual narrative. The animal spirits, and their meaning, are just a small part of this expansive performance and brush lightly over the surface of a much deeper and profound social massage.
REEDS: In mythology the reed represents the human will and it takes a strong will not to be moved by worldly ambitions or sensuality but, to surrender personal interests to that of the universal greater good.
CRANE: Symbolizes using your voice uniquely to expose secrets and help others on their path.
HUMMINGBIRD: A symbol of beauty and grace are seen as healers and bringers of love, good luck and joy - Also, you have the flexibility and stamina to do far more than you think.
LILY PADS & LOTUS FLOWERS: In this rendition, represent the cycle of life and our own fleeting fragility and beauty, from our birth, through our prime, to our death. Though rooted in mud, we rise to blossom in sunlight above the water.
CRAYFISH - Determined attitude to achieve a goal that is annoying or off-putting to others. Symbolizes protection, regeneration and the power to transform. Along with the Platypus, a Charlie Dee protector and mascot.
PLATYPUS - Teaches us to swim through our emotions and be aware of our uniqueness. It dares us to be our-self and reassures us that no matter what others think, don’t be afraid to be who we really are.
CASSOWARY - Maintains a lush green forest and keeps it alive. Represents strength and a strong will to fight to protect what is most important with a mix of defence and offense.
DRAGONFLY - Change, transformation and being open to new experience. Something big is unfolding.
KANGAROO - Indicates gratitude and abundance and, speaks about family, power, balance, and strength. Some of the things needed to sustain a successful and happy life. In this case they also represent us.
WATERFALL - Washing away the past and rejuvination.
RAINBOW - An inner awakening and hope for the future.
BLUE STONE: Charlie Dee is pointing to the blue stone representing royalty and power, to remind us that all previous great civilization went under and were destroyed from within by the greed of the ruling elite.
FIG LEAF: A sign of blessing and security but can also symbolize the wrath of nature when the fig tree is stripped bare and fruitless. More importantly, it's a biblical metaphor for how we should recognize the sign of the times when good is overshadowed by bad.