A new project by Kim Carpenter’s Theatre Of Image
Created, directed and designed by Kim Carpenter AM
BRETT & WENDY’s tumultuous life together – from when he was 17 and she 15 – is filled with incredibly stark highs and lows. It’s a great love story bound by art. Brett’s magic as an artist and charismatic personality made him a superstar public figure in his short life. Wendy, an artist in her own right, became Brett’s goddess, model, muse, wife and confidante.
Together they made a spectacular image in the Australian art scene 24 years after Brett’s death, Wendy (now 75), represents Brett’s world in her iconic tower home filled with his work she has impeccably curated around her.
She looks out onto the harbour he so sensuously immortalised in the ultramarine blue Lavender Bay series.
Below the house is her work – a large extraordinary exotic award-winning public garden (originally unused land filled with rubbish) she created on public land as a homage to Brett and daughter Arkie.
Dance and digital video will reveal the metaphysical world of Brett in his studio – capturing the immediacy of the gestured sweep of line that makes a river or a nude body in a few searching strokes of paint or charcoal.
The visually-minded creators will apply their vast knowledge and skills to a subject they are absolutely passionate about.
Following the development stage (which will culminate in a presentation in early 2017) the production will premiere in late 2018 and tour in 2019.Project Background (PDF)
The core of Brett & Wendy springs from TOI’s history of integrating diverse disciplines and forms to tell a story. It belongs to a group of ToI works exploring an artist’s life and work – the best example being Swimming In Light … the world of Lloyd Rees – see the video.
Kim Carpenter AM
Creator/director/designer, Artistic Director/CEO of ToI. Former Head of Design NIDA, former Co-Artistic Director Nimrod/Belvoir, winner of many awards. Worked with most Australian performing arts companies.
Composer/musician/percussionist/sound designer and highly-experienced musical director. Worked on many ToI productions including Monkey … Journey to the West
Digital Media Artist, Macquarie University. Worked on many ToI productions. Winner of many awards including The Blake Prize.
Dramaturg – playwright/director, former associate Artistic Director, STC
Sian James Holland
Emerging Lighting Designer. Worked with ToI, Sport For Jove and Bell Shakespeare.
In context of our work
The core of BRETT & WENDY springs from ToI’s history of integrating diverse disciplines and forms to tell a story. It belongs to a group of ToI works exploring an artist’s life and work – Swimming In Light … the world of Lloyd Rees (Melbourne Festival, Canberra, Sydney, Caracas Festival), White Heat: Arthur Boyd Retrospective, AGNSW (ToI patron 1994-1999); Litte Beauty, National Portrait Gallery 2011, reflecting the Australian identity.
This project provides the opportunity to apply the vast knowledge and skills of visually-minded creators to a subject they are absolutely passionate about.
Carpenter trained as a visual artist under John Olsen (his mentor). He was the first Australian artist-in-residence at France’s Atelier de Seguret. Numerous exhibitions of his mixed media works followed. Recently his Art For The Theatre – opened by Edmund Capon at Danks St Depot Gallery Sydney.
Image: Swimming In Light … the world of Lloyd Rees