Lae Oldmeadow - 'Koala'
Blue Knob NSW 2018, 206 x 46 x 16 cms, Hand cut Bangalow palm fronds sewn to canvas with sisal thread. LAE OLDMEADOW is an Australian visual artist born in Queensland in July 1956 whose name and creations have travelled beyond Australian to New York, Paris, Amsterdam and Geneve. Over the years Lae has been portrayed as an "environmental" or "atavistic" art practitioner. Following a twenty-year career in inventive upholstery he has developed a unique art practice to highlight the beauty and mystery of Nature. The organic materials he exclusively uses are fragments discarded or offered up by nature which he gathers on walks in the bush. In this way the creative process of a new work begins with a peaceful meditative stroll during which Lae selects leaves, pieces of bark, ochres, fibres, etc. These excursions stimulate his imagination, leading to the exciting conception of new creations. Back in his studio, he arranges and processes the collection as a response to the earlier walkabout experience and composes each art-piece in a highly meditative state of mind.