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Current Exhibition

 A Chosen Life

Still life Objects….. buckets, basins, candlestick holders.
I found them around the old houses at Beltana, a heritage “ghost town’ where I live in the north Flinders Ranges in SA. Despite disintegration, rust and chips caused by years of use or neglect, the objects “live on” in my paintings. There, in their ‘still life’ frame they have a past present and future. They represent a simpler life, perhaps my life?
In collaboration with Kerrie Nelson, for “A Chosen Life” Exhibition, we decided to incorporate the ways that our art forms intertwine…as in our friendship and shared interests which originated in Alice Springs in the late 1980s.
We wanted to look at where our forms of expression have a meeting point…such as a love of New York City, Florence/Italy and this country.
Often our artistic practices have run parallel, with a similar choice of subject matter or content, inspired by shared thoughts or adventures, in our different lives.
Perhaps “A Chosen Life” is an acknowledgement of the hopefully ongoing nature of our creative lives.


Cait Wait the Artist

“I am an Australian, and I love my country”.

P1090555zThis realization I have discovered whilst travelling, working and wondering for forty years since I first completed my studies as a Secondary Art teacher in Adelaide, South Australia.

I am learning to speak with my country in a language that reflects its beauty, its people, its fierce primary emotions, its weather and ‘ washing strung on the song-lines’.

My work and connections with our Indigenous people and the conception of an Indigenous Art Movement in Keringke Arts at Santa Teresa in 1988 -93, years spent in Kiribati in the Central Pacific in 1994 -98, and Namibia in Africa in 2000 as an Australian Volunteer, have intensified my clarity of vision, perception and observations of peoples and cultures.

The accomplishment in 2002-3 in painting the luminous Church Murals at Santa Teresa, NT in collaboration with ten Aboriginal Arrernte artists, awakened a love of sacred art and the Renaissance period. In particular I revere the works of Giotto, Filippo Lippi, Masaccio, and Leonardo da Vinci, with their expressive faces, and dynamic human forms imbued with a religious depth of meaning.

Other influences  such as the dream like stories and magnificent colours in the paintings of Marc Chagall, Gauguin , Rousseau’s detailed “Romantic” portrayal of nature and man, Arthur Boyd’s’ tough exploration of the Australian psyche and landscape, and the work of Australian artist, William Robinson, for its spirituality and technical brilliance, have informed a narrative style and a ‘lyrical realism’ in my own paintings. I am nurtured by the unbroken threads of experience that weave our cultures together, and in return I have sought to nurture the beauty and poetic of this country as I live my life as an artist.

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Self Portrait 2015

what was I thinking?

lonely woman, walking the hilltops
ghost town,ghost
rsz_1self_portrait_ghost_beltana.jpgspeaking to no one for days
all those memories 
A moon rising over the hills.
pioneer women
their hours of labour
survival in harsh country.
and the delicate patterns in the salt bush, the blue bush, the dead tree branches,
the lace like clouds on a hot windy day.
vulnerability  femininity
I am all these things
I laugh at this image of myself……

what was I thinking?