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Colours of Water Festival
Colours of Water Exhibition
   Kathy Haffegee
   Mae-Wan Ho
   Li Poon
   Matt Poon
Compositions in Chinese Ink
   Homage to Black
   Homage to Black 2
   Homage to Black 3
Flower Power Exhibition
   Flower Stories - Kathy Haffegee
   Water Flowers - Mae-Wan Ho
   Cosmic Flowers - Li Poon
   Lost Flowers - Rosemary Mason
Flow Forms Exhibition
   Flow Forms - Mae-Wan Ho


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Colours of Water Art Exhibition Programme

Artworks by Kathy Haffegee | Mae-Wan Ho | Li Poon | Matt Poon

View by appointment with artist, e-mail [email protected] or telephone: 01908-696101

Textures of Water Kathy Haffegee

As a textile artist I am continually challenged by the creative process of transforming the drab surface of a fabric to one with amazing patterns and textures. I love to create new designs by manipulating the enormous variety of hand stitches, using fine or coarse threads and placing them close together or far apart. I love the tactile quality of cloth but also work with a variety of mixed media –paper, metals, wires, paint, and embossing powders.

Aqua Vita - Kathy Haffegee Bad Hair Day - Kathy Haffegee Rainbow Fantasy 2 - Kathy Haffegee Rainbow Bookmarked - Kathy Haffegee
Aqua Vita 2012
Hand-dyed fabric patchwork, hand embroidered and beaded
39 x 28.8 cm £300 sold for £200
Bad Hair Day 2012
Layered patchwork, hand and machine embroidered
51 x 51.4 cm £450
Rainbow Fantasy 2 2012
Hand-dyed fabric patchwork, machine and hand embroidered
41.9 x 42.4 cm
Donated to ISIS and presented to Magherita Tosi in fond memory of Emilio Del Giudice
Rainbow Bookmarked 2012
Hand-dyed fabric patchwork bookmarks on felt
31 x 31 cm £250
Rainbow Deconstructed - Kathy Haffegee Rainbow Fantasy 1 - Kathy Haffegee Rainbow Rockies - Kathy Haffegee Once upon a Sunset - Kathy Haffegee
Rainbow Deconstructed 2012
Hand-embellished wool roving on black felt
31 x 31 cm £250
Rainbow Fantasy 1 2012
Hand-dyed fabric patchwork, machine and hand embroidered
30 x 20 cm £250
Rainbow Rockies 2012
Hand-dyed fabric patchwork machine and hand embroidered
33 x 43 cm £300
Once upon a Sunset 2012
Hand-dyed fabric patchwork machine and hand embroidered
33.3 x 43 cm £300
Memories of 1974 - Kathy Haffegee Calm before the Storm - Kathy Haffegee The Deep - Kathy Haffegee Waterfall - Kathy Haffegee
Memories of 1974 2012
Hand-dyed fabric patchwork machine and hand embroidered, lace and net
27 x 30.6 cm £250
Calm before the Storm 2012
Hand-dyed fabric patchwork machine and hand embroidered
30.4 x 33.4 cm £250
The Deep 2012
Hand-dyed and commercial fabric, machine and hand embroidered
46.8 x 56.8 cm £550 Sold for £350
Waterfall 2012
Machine and hand embroidered on felt
27.4 x 39.8 cm £250
Even Deeper - Kathy Haffegee Green Water Twist - Kathy Haffegee    
Even Deeper 2006
Patchwork wall hanging hand and machine embroidered
100 x 111 cm Not for sale
Green Water Twist 2012
Hand and machine embroidered wool roving
31.6 x 36.3 cm £300
   

Water's Quantum Jazz Mae-Wan Ho 何美芸

I have been painting sporadically for over 40 years while being a full-time scientist; but it was not until I got to know water deeply and intimately as a scientist that my art took off in an unexpected direction; it is as though I have finally found my ‘element’ both literally and metaphorically, water is the essence of my being. My work in science led to the discovery of the living rainbow, the liquid crystalline water in organisms, “the means, medium, and message of life” as described in my new book, 'Living Rainbow H2O' (2012). I begin with the rainbow snake because it has a special significance for me. I was born in the year of the snake, and 2013 is the year of the snake in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese horoscope. I also discovered that many cultures have myths of the rainbow snake. Here are just two of them.
Nüwa, rainbow snake goddess who created humans out of yellow clay, is honoured by South Western Chinese in festivals such as Water Splashing, and is the divine goddess of the Miao people. She is also associated with mending the universe after a great deluge when the water god Gong Gong quarrelled with the Fire god Zhu Rong. They fought through heaven and earth and as Gong Gong was about to lose the fight, he smashed his head against Mount Buzhou, the pillar holding up the heavens. The heavens collapsed causing great floods and suffering. Nüwa came to the rescue to repair the heavens by melting down the five colour stones, which became the rainbow. Nüwa is often depicted with Fuxi, her husband and brother.
Rainbow Serpent in Australian aborigine myth lived underground in a Dreamtime when the Earth was asleep, and nothing moved or grew. One day, she woke up, came out from underground, and travelled far and wide leaving deep meandering tracks with her great body. On her return, she called to the frogs, asleep with their bellies full of water stored up. She tickled their bellies and the frogs laughed, spilling out all their water to fill Rainbow Serpent’s tracks to form rivers and lakes. Soon trees and grass began to grow, waking up all the animals that began to follow Rainbow Serpent across the land. Some animals lived in the rocks, others in trees, still others in the air.
Rainbow Serpent made laws for all to abide by. But some animals began to make trouble. So Rainbow Serpent said anyone disobeying the laws would be punished and turned into stone; while those that obeyed the laws will be rewarded and turned into humans. Each human tribe would have a totem – the animal that they came from – which the tribe was forbidden to eat, but they could eat the totems of other tribes. In this way, everybody had enough food to eat. Rainbow Serpent is rightly considered the Mother of Life.
Different cultures have very similar myths, suggesting a collective memory of the entire human species written into a universal quantum field in which all creatures are in quantum entanglement and hence capable of accessing. This may be what psychoanalyst Carl Jung had referred to as the ‘collective unconscious’; Inspiration arising from the universal quantum field through coherent quantum entanglement, just as incoherence is a block to creativity.
The collective unconscious does not determine our action however, it contains all the potential evolutionary paths, but it is our action that ultimately determines and shapes the future.

Rainbow Snake Quartet 1 - Mae-Wan Ho Rainbow Snake Quartet 2 - Mae-Wan Ho Rainbow Snake Quartet 3 - Mae-Wan Ho Rainbow Snake Quartet 4 - Mae-Wan Ho
Rainbow Snake Quartet 彩虹蛇四重 2012
Water and acrylic on paper each 100 x 70 cm
£5 200 for all 4 panels, not sold separately
Water is the real artist in my paintings; I play a facilitating role, which is also true to the character of water. Water is not only the means, but especially the medium and the message of life. Water enables all to perform their best without control or force, freely and spontaneously, yet perfectly in step and in tune with the whole. That is what water’s quantum jazz is all about.
In these paintings I am both water and immersed in water, because I identify so thoroughly with it, having loved it for so long, and feeling that I have finally fathomed its depths to some extent.
You can say that I am thoroughly possessed by water; and doing water’s quantum jazz is just how I want to live.
Water Dragon Dance Trio - Mae-Wan Ho
Water Dragon Dance Trio 水龍舞三 2012
Water, acrylic, and Chinese ink on paper each 100 x 70 cm
£4 000 for all three panels
Lotus standing seemingly still in water reflecting the sky, secretly swaying and swinging in the breeze, till lotus, water and sky merge into one.
As Lotus in Water Trio - Mae-Wan Ho
As Lotus in Water Trio 如蓮花在水三 2012
Water and acrylic on paper each 100 x 70 cm
£4 000 for all three panels
Rainbow Snake Quartet 1 - Mae-Wan Ho Rainbow Snake Quartet 2 - Mae-Wan Ho Rainbow Snake Quartet 3 - Mae-Wan Ho Rainbow Snake Quartet 4 - Mae-Wan Ho
Flow 流動 2012
Water, acrylic and Chinese ink on paper
100 x 70 cm £1 100
Water Dragon Dance 水龍舞 2012
Water, acrylic and Chinese ink on paper
100 x 70 cm £1 100
Butterflies after the Rain 1 雨后蝴蝶飞 1 2012
Water, acrylic and Chinese ink on paper
84.1 x 59.4 cm cm £850
Butterflies after the Rain 2 雨后蝴蝶飞 2 2012
Water, acrylic and Chinese ink on paper
84.1 x 59.4 cm cm £850
Lotus 11 - Mae-Wan Ho Kingfisher Fantasia - Mae-Wan Ho    
Lotus 11 蓮花 11 2012
Water and acrylic on paper
59.4 x 84.1 cm £850
Kingfisher Fantasia 鱼狗幻想曲 2012
Water and acrylic on paper
59.4 x 84.1 cm £850
   

Free and Floating Li Poon

Memories of the Lotus Pond - Li Poon Sea Breeze - Li Poon Rainbow Warriors - Li Poon
Memories of the Lotus Pond 2012
Acrylic and ink on paper
77 x 57 cm £700
Sea Breeze 2012
Acrylic and ink on paper
77 x 57 cm £700 Sold for £400
Rainbow Warriors 2012
Acrylic and ink on paper
76 x 56 cm £700
Sky River - Li Poon Sunrise over the Lily Pond - Li Poon Tentacles Tango - Li Poon
Sky River 2012
Acrylic and ink on paper
76 x 56 cm £700
Sunrise over the Lily Pond 2012
Acrylic and ink on paper
76 x 56 cm £700
Tentacles Tango 2012
Acrylic and ink on paper
76 x 56 cm £700
Fish Flew over the Rainbow - Li Poon Raindance - Li Poon Comet - Li Poon Breaking Surf - Li Poon
Fish Flew over the Rainbow 2012
Acrylic and ink on paper
77 x 56 cm £700
Raindance 2012
Acrylic and ink on paper
77 x 57 cm £700 Sold for £400
Comet 2012
Acrylic and ink on paper
77 x 57 cm £700
Breaking Surf 2012
Acrylic and ink on paper
77 x 56 cm £700
The entire Universe is one unceasing creative process, and the artist’s main preoccupation is to apprehend and communicate this process. My aim is to capture a ‘rhythm of life' that pervades the universe, that both precedes and generates all of mass, energy and life. I love forms that emerge, spontaneous and protean, rich and luminous, freely floating and unfettered by gravity, yet all unified and made coherent through this powerful life rhythm.
Luminous Sea - Li Poon Creatures of the Blue Lagoon - Li Poon    
Luminous Sea 2012
Acrylic and guache on paper
76 x 56 cm £700
Creatures of the Blue Lagoon 2012
Acrylic and guache on paper
76 x 56 cm £700
   
When I read that “Water is the means, media and message of life” in Mae-Wan’s new book 'Living Rainbow H2O', it immediately struck a chord. On a purely technical level, all my works are explorations of how water and paint flow and diffuse through different painting surfaces. I like to think that like life itself, all those strange and new life forms in my works come into being because of the unique and magical properties of water.
Rainbow Serpent Turning in the Sky - Li Poon Water Carnival 1 - Li Poon Water Carnival 2 - Li Poon Water Carnival 3 - Li Poon
Rainbow Serpent Turning in the Sky 2011
Acrylic and ink on paper
100 x 70 cm £1 100
Water Carnival 2012
Acrylic and ink on paper
100 x 70 cm £1 100
Water Carnival 2 2012
Acrylic and ink on paper
100 x 70 cm £1 100
Water Carnival 3 2012
Acrylic and ink on paper
100 x 70 cm £1 100

Water Stories Matt Poon

I have always identified with aborigine myths, and the festival has inspired me to create images that express the special feelings I have for them. Here are the stories behind each of six paintings in the exhibition.
Story of Black Swan
Long ago, all swans were blessed with lovely white feathers. One day, two arogant birds ventured recklessly into the territory of the fearsome eagle-hawks. Despite numerous cautioning flyovers, they fail to heed the warnings. So the eagle-hawks decided to teach the two a lesson. They swooped down on the startled visitors and began to strip off all their white feathers, leaving them totally naked and bleeding all over. The swans barely escaped with their lives, and eventually found refuge in the home of the crows. The crows took pity on them and covered the two wounded birds with their own black feathers to keep them warm. The swans were so grateful that they decided to honour their saviours by wearing the crow’s colour. That is why some swans in Western Australia are as black as the crows to this day.
People of the Water Reeds
The Reed Tribe, with distinctive red hair bands, had an altercation with their long-time enemies the Fire People, and was driven from their home to the edge of the great lakes, where they hid among the tall water reeds. Their adversaries were not keen on getting wet, and the tall reeds appeared like spears in the hundreds; so eventually they retreated inland, but still kept a close watch nearby. To avoid detection, the Reed People covered themselves with white feathers gathered from the nests of the water birds, and learned to walk and talk like some of the bigger ones. The Fire People were not able to find the Reed People, but they could not help noticing a lot more of these big white birds with unique red markings on their forehead roaming the water edge. As the birds came out only during the night, and didn’t seem to cause any trouble, they were left alone. The Fire People also gave the birds a new name, The Red Heron of the Water Reeds. The Reed People were no more.
The Pigeon Story
Nunga of the Pigeon Tribe invited his friend from the visiting Crow People to stay for a while. His friend fell in love with two of Nunga’s younger sisters, and plotted to smuggle them home, knowing that the girls’ parents would not have approved of their marriage. Nunga was sympathetic to his friend’s plight, so he helped them by lending them his own boat for their escape. By the time the tribal leaders noticed the missing boat, it was too late to stop the three runaways. They took out their frustration on Nunga, and expelled him from the tribe. He had to go looking for the two girls and was not to return without them. Seasons passed and neither Nunga nor the sisters came home. Many began to worry. So they decided to send rescue parties in the hope that they could find them and bring them home, with no success. This ritual would be repeated every year, and the Pigeon People would not give up until they could right this wrong. That is why pigeons fly off same time every year from Papua New Guinea to Australia, the land of the crows.
The Whale Boy Kondole was the guardian of FIRE, but with his lust for power also brought him poor judgment, and he decided to keep the secret to himself. On the day of the Great Moon Ceremony, he showed up with only his white ceremonial cape, and announced that FIRE was too important to be wasted in such ceremonies. While he anticipated some anger from the elders, he totally underestimated the power of the flame burning behind jealousy. Before he had a chance to take his place, he was struck on the head, and speared through the chest. It was a miracle that Kondole managed to escape into the dark. With nowhere else to go, he decided to try his luck with the raging seas. Lucky for him, the migrating whales heard his cries and came to his aid. They shielded him from his attackers and kept him afloat. Perhaps it was because of the overwhelming sense of regret they felt in Kondole that the great whales accepted him into their family. Kondole, still wrapped in the white cape, reciprocated their kindness by transforming himself into a whale, and became a valuable member of the herd. The tribesmen were really moved by the unselfish act of the whales. They were ashamed of what they had done. So each year they would keep a protective watch over the migrating whales, paying special attention to one particular white whale.
Creator
In the days before humans, the sun-baked earth got extremely dry and brittle, and eventually gave way to Mundungkala’s unrelenting effort to break through the rocks. The tired old woman crawled out of the ground and flooded the plains with precious ground water. Life-giving springs gradually moulded the red earths into her first children, a boy and two girls. Mundungkala was so pleased that she surrounded her land with water, named it Melville Island, and ensured that it remained separate from mainland Australia. To this day, people on the island can still hear her laugh amid the roaring waves.
Storm Maker
Mamaragan roamed the skies and carried with him the two stones of disturbance. When he was happy he would make the stones dance to create the thunderstorms that bring precious rain. The people of the land were taught the special Rain Dance that would surely bring joy to his face. However, in times of plenty, they began to forget how to perform the Dance. That’s why rainstorms are so few and far between, and the rain so unpredictable.

Story of Black Swan - Matt Poon People of the Water Reeds - Matt Poon The Whale Boy - Matt Poon Creator - Matt Poon
Story of Black Swan 2012
Water based colours and inks on paper
76 x 56 cm £600 Sold for £300
People of the Water Reeds 2012
Water based colours and inks on paper
56 x 76 cm £600
The Whale Boy 2012
Water based colours and inks on paper
56 x 76 cm £600
Creator 2012
Water based colours and inks on paper
76 x 56 cm £600
The Pigeon Story - Matt Poon Storm Maker - Matt Poon The Chase - Matt Poon Sun and Surf - Matt Poon
The Pigeon Story 2011
Water based colours and inks on paper
76 x 56 cm £600
Storm Maker 2012
Water based colours and inks on paper
56 x 76 cm £600
The Chase 2012
Water based colours and inks on paper
56 x 76 cm £600
Sun and Surf 2012
Water based colours and inks on paper
76 x 56 cm £600

View by appointment with artist, e-mail [email protected] or telephone: 01908-696101

There are 4 comments on this article so far. Add your comment
Clare Lincoln Comment left 31st January 2014 19:07:28
could you tell me please how I go about purchasing Mae Wan Ho's paitings?
Mae-Wan Ho Comment left 31st January 2014 21:09:02
Hi Clare, Thank you for your interest in my paintings. You can contact me directly for that and for paintings by all the other artists. The proceeds from sales will be donated to ISIS to support all its activities in part or in full.
Ingrid Wubben Comment left 8th May 2014 22:10:05
Dear all, Kathy, your textile creations make my fingers itch to make the time to re-unite with my sewing machine and fabrics. Mae-Wan, your art makes my heart sing! Joyous! Breath takingly Special! Li, I want to dance in your paintings and twinkle my toes :o) Matt, your art and stories inspire me in my teaching / therapy to embrace a wider range of artistic techniques and imagery. Thank you all for sharing your true colours. I feel inspired and so glad I was led to you via SPARC.
Lorin Kiely Comment left 10th November 2014 22:10:25
Aloha, This note is for Mae Wan. hi! First, I would like to say that your art makes me very happy, somatically. We first spoke while you were attending a dual conference in NYC, Gorbachev's forum and Joe Firmage's event. Mark Comings handed you his cell phone and we spoke. We also spoke while you were in Toronto visiting your parents. I have been developing a protocol for subtle somatic self-regulation, based in part of Dr Stephen Porges' Polyvagal Theory. It is quite quantum jazzy! My mentor for the work is Stanley Rosenberg, who has a bodywork school in Denmark, where he teaches advanced Rolfing *(very light touch), cranial sacral and French Osteopathy. He is a longtime associate of Dr Porges and also Jim Oschman. Stanley has developed a hands-on protocol for releasing impediments to the optimal function of the Social Engagement System, and has great results (sometimes) working with autism. He passed on to me a few exercises for releasing the deep small muscles of the neck, a subtle adaptation in spinal movement while breathing and self-regulating the connective tissue of the extra ocular muscles of the eyes, to effect the mammalian vagal nerve, the vagal brake. Subtly compressing the tissue, isometrically and slightly drawing it back, changes the form of the connective tissue (as you arre aware!) and this changes the function of ''seeing." May I send you a few exercises and share my basic theory of phylogentic adaptation, for some feedback? I am preparing to write a book, Meta-Evolution for the 100%, Another World is Possible. BTW, I watched the Quantum Jazz video interview and enjoyed it very much.

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