So Ailene, what will you do with yourself now you’ve finished your Honours Diploma? What’s next?
Funny you should ask. I do happen to have the next adventure lined up: my first solo exhibition!
Between the 26 May and 26 June, I have one of the exhibition rooms at ArtsPost Galleries and Shop in Hamilton all to myself. All my heroines and elemental characters will be there: from the mermaids to the fire dancers to the flamenco dancer twirling in the sparking firelight. Paige’s Giselle series will be there of course. And, I have an exciting new series to unveil. My new project is a collaboration with a belly dancer, Elena. She (and her husband) tell one of the greatest love stories you’ve probably never heard of. Long ago, against the backdrop of the lavish Ottoman Empire, a Ruthenian slave girl captured the heart of a sultan. He named her Hürrem, “the cheerful one”, and wrote poems to her eyes. Intrigued? Stay tuned and I’ll tell you all about it!
There are 3 exhibitions at ArtsPost opening at the same time. Join us for the preview opening on Thursday 25th May at 5.30pm. I hope to see you there! And I’m hoping my gorgeous dancer models, Paige and Elena, can be there too so you can meet them in person.
I was going to leave you with a sneak preview of my new series but we had power outages over the weekend which isn’t helpful if you need to use a computer… So instead, here’s a photo I took of one of Paige’s framed prints, “Can’t help but dance.”
Next time, I’ll show you what happens when I take a beautiful belly dancer in a scarlet lace and satin dress, and transform the Hamilton gardens into the 16th century Ottoman Empire.