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Monday, June 20, 2011

Odditorium:Imagination & Creativity are Our Wings

This week, I'd take you to the very funny exhibition, "Odditorium". Before it, become a kid again?! (below, young Sadami?!) "Odditorium" displays hilarious and mysterious objects. Originally, objects were designed for right purposes. But primary school children and an Australian great picture book illustrator Shaun Tan have created funny tags for objects and turned them into laughable archiological bits & pieces. (*Can you guess what was used for?The actuall use will be at the end of this post! )

OK, some examples for you.
First, painful dental devices.
According to Shaun, this is "The Replica Horse Teeth from Society of Dental Surgeons, London." Priopr to the 1700s, it is true that barbers did both haircut and surgery. But I've never heard that barbers learnt "dental" surgery with this replica (How did they learn sugery for humans with these odd replicas?! ) Another, at right hand, is, according to Ryan, 9yrs Stammore Public School pupil, "The Toother Outer." Ryan says the device actually won the first prize at the international odd competition in 1944 and a dentist started using it to pull out teeth. Ohhhh!!! Ouch!!


There we go! Second, jolly and playful objects or two balls.
Oh, my! This little ball is
"elephant's wee. " According to Augustine aged 9, the brilliant treat for tea like cake!! Especially, an elephant or a cow wee fed on mango leaves tastes delicious?? ....gulp...Another, above, Shaun claims, "Bullock Hair Ball for Riot Control," substituted for iron cannonballs in the Middle Ages. Hey, how come these cannonballes opressed the public or Gov power abuse tools?!

Last, tadadada~~~, very sexy "Giant Griffin"!
Shaun asserts, Australian Bonza Motors made this hilariously huge Griffin as a "car hood ornament" for FJ "You-Lilttle-Beauity," when Bonza competed with US Crysler in 1948. Unfortunately, what a shame! Bonza Morters dissmissed the designer and chucked his plan into a bin.
Wow, I saw such a gramous griffin for the first time.
Did you have a laugh? The exhibition has more objects.
Actually...
*It was a dental teaching aid.

*The object originally was a door knocker.
*Yes, it was really an elephant or a cow's wee, but used for dying on fabrics.
* Ooops, I missed out recording the actual use. Sorry!
*The female Griffin once was the guard of the entrance of Kings Cross Theatre.
The narrative tags show primary school children's wonderful creativity and Shaun's brilliant sense of humour. They are our legends!!

Can you remember your young days? How much you enjoyed making up stories with just pebbles, a piece of stick, or ordinary things? How proudly you invented unique stuff that grown-ups would never get? "Creativity" and "imagination" are the wings that enable human beings to fly across a sky! Joy must come first. That's the spirit of painting and drawing, too. There's no secret to learn drawing and painting, but the power of imagination and creativity. I believe if you can go back to a child, you can draw!
So, pick up whatever the media at your hand and just have fun!
Happy painting!!

Finally, I'd really appreciate the courtesy of the Powerhouse Museum and Parramatta Heritage Centre's kind assistance to sketch the objects.



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44 comments:

  1. Haha very funny, the objects!
    I love your children's sketches!

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  2. Hi, Judy,
    Thanks a lot! I love your watercolors, too.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  3. Sadami, what a laugh I've had! Those objects were very comical - though I have seen a female griffin.. and told hubby to come away! Teehee.

    Your sketches are delightful - and I am so happy for you that you sold some work! Go, Sadami :) xx

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  4. Dear Pat,
    Thank you! Next time, you should see them in London. Hahaha, but "Come away" to your darling!?
    Oh, yes, Pat, I can buy some breadʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ
    Cheers, Sadami

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  5. What a funny objects, the door knocker is fantastic, I like it. Delicious post, Sadami. Hugs.

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  6. Dear Tito,
    Thank you so much! You have to see them one day. Winners are kids and Shaun.
    Cheers&Hugs,Sadami

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  7. Ha Ha, love the objects! and, of course, you have sketched them in your usual brilliant style. Such an interesting post Sadami, thank you.

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  8. So funny. Glamorous griffin? Ha!

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  9. Wonderful post, Sadami...I always have fun when I stop by your blog. :)
    Anonymous aka Carol B.

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  10. What a laugh Sadami... Love your paintings and sketches and the narrative behind them! You art says a lot about you, a well humoured artist! xx

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  11. This made me laugh Sadami, love your 'free and easy' watercolours, so pleased that you mdae some sales.

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  12. Dear Ann,
    Thank you for cheerful laughs. Sketching is fun. One day, I'll chat over Sydney Sketch club. The more, the merrier.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  13. Yes, Irina,
    Very eye catchy griffin. I have to think of the size of my bra...?!
    Cheers,ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞSadami

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  14. Dear Anonymous,
    Thank U for the kind comment. Very pleased to know you enjoy my post.
    Kind regards, Sadami

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  15. Hi, Debbie,
    Thank you. Your watercolours are awesome. We really look forward to new work. Please keep up!!
    Best wishes,Sadami

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  16. Hi, Origame&Etegami,
    Thank you for a cheeful laugh. your new blog will be fun. Look forward to it.
    Kind regards, Sadami

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  17. Funny! What a fun exhibition. Have a nice week Sadami. また来週の月曜日、エベリン。

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  18. Hi, Evelyn,
    Thank U. 日本語, 上手になりますねえ。また来週の月曜日に会いましょう。
    Cheers, Sadami

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  19. Thank you Sadami , I had a good morning laughter , great post and great writing. Have a nice week. XOX

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  20. A very funny post where you have mixed humor, sketches and historical relics. I had a great time to discover this misuse. Have a nice week

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  21. Nice post.Thank you for sharing some good things!!
    graffiti

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  22. Hi, Jane,
    Thank U! World always needs laughter. Sense of humour saves humans.
    Cheers,ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ Sadami

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  23. Dear Lydie,
    Thank you. I admrie your sophisticated inteligence that enables you to share joy in this sort of jokesʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  24. Hi, "Hello"!
    Thank you and very happy to know you enjoy my post. Let's share joyʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ!!
    Cheers, Sadami

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  25. Such a fun post, full of life and humor. So happy you made sales too.

    Hugs

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  26. Hi,Teri,
    Thanks millions! Very happy to know you enjoy it.
    Cheers,Sadami

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  27. You seem such a happy, fun sort of person and this is reflected in this joyful post. I love your sketches and notes - what a lovely exhibition!

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  28. Hi, Gillian,
    Thank you so much! Very happy to know you enjoyed this post. I want to make anyone happy.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  29. Very fun post...I never leave Sadami's blog without smiling!! I love the paintings and funny descriptions of the extraordinary objects..and I love best the painting of "young Sadami"...yes, I can tell you are still that little one who is having so much fun!

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  30. Hi, Celeste,
    Thank you so much!! Very happy to know you love "Young Sadami." (*Very embarrasing, a portrait client's BF seriously asked me, "Do you go to school?" last night...)
    I'm getting busy and organizing a schedule for a portrait client this weekend. Wish me good luck.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  31. Oh Sadami, Sadami,!!..Once again I end my day with laughter. Thank you for this wonderful post and your very amusing sketches!!

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  32. Hi, Hilda,
    Thank you so much!! Laughter is the best medicine. Hahaha!
    Let us share joy.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  33. the last two are super sketches with a softer pencil than usual sadami ... have a good w-e ciao jane

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  34. Hi, Jane,
    Thank you! You, too, enjoy watercolour. Yey!
    Cheers, Sadami

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  35. Beautiful and fantastic illustrations.

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  36. Hi, Leovi,
    Thank you for the wonderful feedback. It's my honour. I'd keep up good work like you.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  37. I loved this post! Your paintings are so beautiful and so full of fun. Thanks.

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  38. Hi, Sadami.
    Thank you for the lesson.

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  39. Hi, Bonnie,
    Thanks a lot!! Yey, we must have fun!
    Cheers, Sadami

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  40. Hi, Aveloh,
    Thank you so much. You, too, enjoy photos and paintings.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  41. Saddam Hello,
    is always a pleasure to visit your blog!
    Creativity, irreverence and humor inhabit this space.
    I really enjoyed the pictures touched up with chalk.
    a hug

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  42. Hi, Antonio,
    Thank you so much! Have a wonderful weekend.
    Kind regards, Sadami

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  43. Dear Sadami. I love reading your posts and looking at your sketches. It's such fun. Thank you for sharing. Hugs

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  44. Hi, Ann,
    Thank you! Me, too, love visiting your blog and looking at paintings that tell me lots of stories, indeed!
    Hugs, Sadami

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