There are three main objectives.
1. To travel to Sweden to research the work and life of my relatives, artists Sofia and Charles Haag, and to touch the roots of his famous 1918 exhibition, ‘Spirits of the Woods’. A look at nature and femininity.
2. To create a body of work for exhibition as an homage to Charles’ work with the female form and to continue to develop my work after my first successful exhibition, Introspective, which was a study of birth and motherhood, movement and magic. Reverence will be a study of the female form, trying to capture the energy and essence of the Feminine through abstract long and double exposures.
I have permission to use the incredible Gothenburg Botanical Gardens as the location and have requested to use the dancers from the Goteborgs Operans Danskompani.
3. To exhibit in Australia.
This project is important in terms of my personal development as an Australian artist. I have found some momentum since winning the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016, exhibiting a large body of work in November 2016 with the support of the WA Department of Culture and the Arts, and I would like to use this momentum to continue my observations and work.
I think it is important to continue to grow and develop not only as an artist, but essentially as a human; as a woman and as a mother and educator for my sons.
I want to connect to things of simplicity and importance – humanity, the Female, strength, truth, timelessness and beauty; I want to create a space for people to connect to these images and ideas too.
I am asking for your support to help further my artistic career and personal development, to allow for time to research, and for support to create new work with the intention to inspire an audience of engaged viewers.
Funding will be used to cover travel and rent expenses during the stay, photographic equipment for creation of work (film, lighting etc), printing and framing, lighting, installation, promotion and other costs involved in the exhibition of works. You can find out more about me and my work on my website https://www.lizlooker.net or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/liz_looker/