It started out as an ordinary day. Melissa Bonin was looking at a collection of Aboriginal art, in particular the pointillist paintings that seem to depict landscapes and solar systems. They are abstracts, if one can apply a modern art term to the work of a people who live as one with nature in the rugged environment of the Australian Outback. Dream and reality mingle in the lives of the Aborigines, and ancestral gods, who sing the world into being, lead them into a higher state on their solo trips, called “walkabouts.”
Bonin was struck by lightning. “I was so moved by these automatic linear Aboriginal paintings that I had to see if I could paint in this manner while keeping the feeling of my Louisiana landscapes. The challenge was ‘no judgment’ and to remain open in the way that writers might practice automatic writing. I approached the paper and canvas each day with the intention of not judging what my eyes wanted to see and what my hands wanted to do. I just allowed. At first, I was not excited about these works. They were very different for me. I did not know how to relate to them, but each day I fell more in love with them.”
The paintings, says Bonin, came to her like minimalist music; she felt she was painting ceremonial and sacred songs. Each brush stroke became an act of calligraphy, a symbolic language, mysterious yet imbued with power.
“The water has strong serpent-like patterns and lyrical flowing designs,” she says. “Finding source as a theme echoes epic struggles. The waters are searching as we all are. They speak of cycles, patterns in nature, ancestral behaviors, survival knowledge and clues. The symbolism is specific and universal at the same time. They are a primordial journey. I journey from one edge to the other, filling in the landscape as I go. It is a walkabout.”
Bonin’s show, “Finding Source,” opens at Galerie Eclaireuse, Saturday, Feb. 20, as part of ArtCrawl. Ordinarily, ArtWalk falls on the second Saturday of each month, but because of Mardi Gras, and acknowledging that folks are having a hard time getting back to normal following Fat Tuesday, DDA moved ArtWalk to the 20th, and dubbed this round of openings ArtCrawl. So come on out, even if you’re still on your knees. For more info about ArtCrawl, check out The Independent’s calendar.
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A divided 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a Lafayette district judge’s ruling absolving the co-owner of a New Iberia accounting firm of liability in an embezzlement case.
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By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
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The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
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Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Lower oil prices also might slow the growth of oil production in parts of the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because it will no longer be so profitable.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
A Lafayette woman faces up to 20 years in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to her company credit card.
Signs that our state’s banking industry is undergoing a downsizing in 2014 were further confirmed today with the FDIC’s latest figures showing a third straight quarter in which Louisiana lost more banks and earned less money.
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State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
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