Inventive, Inspired Pages of Wands

The Page of Wands is all about impulsively taking action towards manifesting ideas. Even if the idea is embryonic a Page pursues this without fear of rejection.

Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, the Baroness as she was known, became a living legend in the bohemian enclave of New York City’s Greenwich Village in the years before and after World War I. A provocateur and essential catalyst for New York’s burgeoning Dada movement, the Baroness obliterated the boundaries of conventional norms of womanhood and femininity and upended notions of what was considered ar

On a regular day, Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven wore brightly colored makeup, postage stamps on each cheek, and a shaved head shellacked in various hues. Her accoutrements also included live birds, packs of dogs, a tomato-can bra, arms full of bangles, and flashing lights. Her unconventionally forthright poetry and rugged found-object sculptures—often incorporated into her outfits—unsettled social hierarchy and accepted gender norms, and distinctions between art and life. The Baroness was a dynamo in New York’s literary and art scene at the turn of the century, part of the Arensberg Salon group that included Marcel Duchamp , Man Ray, Beatrice Wood, Francis Picabia, Mina Loy, and many others. She combined sculpture, fashion, poetry, and performance to embody an anti-bourgeois lifestyle driven by passion and an emotional reactivity to her surroundings.

Dorothy Napangadi

Born circa 1950–56, Mina Mina, Tanami Desert, Northern Territory.

Dorothy Napangadi was born in 1950 and her country is Mina Mina, which is about 400km North West of Alice Springs. Mina Mina is the site of an important rock hole and there are many Dreaming stories associated with this country. Dorothy was one of around 3,000 Warlpiri speakers who lived in or are originally from the Tanami Desert region of Central Australia. Died 2013.

Napangardi was the master of movement. Her dotted representations of the landscape around her country are truly captivating and have made her one of the most well-known Australian Aboriginal artists. Dorothy had great success both in Australia and overseas, and some of her many achievements include winning the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in 2001, a retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in 2003 and being included in the Sydney Biennale in 2012.

Dorothy Napangardi’s work is highly sought after by both collectors and curators worldwide. Her paintings and prints have been widely exhibited and are in all national collections within Australia and in major collections worldwide including most recently the MET, New York. Napangardi had the honour of being the 2nd indigenous artist to be given a solo survey exhibition at the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), Sydney that traced 11 years of her painting career in 1991.

Del Kathryn Barton

Del Kathryn Barton is an Australian painter best known for her whimsical depictions people and animals.

Her detailed and vibrant paintings explore the symbolic lan­guage of femininity, interweaving references to traditional folklore and the cos­mos. Barton’s practice is grounded in self-referentiality, drawing from a euphoric, emotional inner world.Her psychedelic environments are created using sequins, markers, gouache, and glitter.

“All I can say is that the work does mean everything to me and it is like a life source,” she explained. Born on December 11, 1972 in Sydney, Australia, she attended the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, graduating with a BFA in 1993. In 2008, the artist won the prestigious Archibald Prize for her portrait You are what is most beautiful about me, a self portrait with Kell and Arella, a self-portrait with her two children. In 2013, she again won the Archibald Prize, this time for her portrait of the actor Hugo Weaving. Barton’s fantasy world lent itself to a successful animated adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s work The Nightingale and the Rose in 2015. She continues to live and work in Sydney, Australia. Today, Barton’s works are held in the collections of the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, and the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, among others.