SCULPTURE

The making of sculptures for me delves into the world of ‘Bricolage’. Like all constructions, I follow some basic guidelines for the development of these works. Found materials are first gathered and sorted. I quite often find toys and the like and make molds out of each item to cast and alter in various ways. Recently I’ve been collecting stainless steel and silver heirloom trays found in OP Shops. I choose stainless steel and silver because of the availability, permanence, and shine of each. Future maintenance will be minimal with such durable materials.
When searching for materials, I often have an image or story in mind of what the final sculpture might look like and be about. I then collect and piece together the items to match the story. During the construction phase, each found singular element indicates to me what its past life story was, due to its shape and how it was treated, signs of wear and tear leave hints of its past. When observing and handling found objects you can’t prevent yourself from thinking about their past life, their story, and their people. Some of the items have engravings, and messages from our recent past. Messages from people, long gone. When reusing items It is my task to place the newly found elements in a way that changes the original use, purpose, and meaning, in order to add new life, purpose, and meaning. After some time and the development of the new sculpture, a new life story emerges. Old and new stories converge during the construction phase.

‘Smoky Mouse’, or the indigenous name, ‘Konoom’, is made from found and at-hand stainless steel and silver. The pieces that make up the new sculpture once lived as refined serving trays to a family, a bowl for fruit, and a child’s glass marble. Each element has its original intended use and meaning and now forms a sculpture bringing to mind, the story of a small endangered indigenous mouse.

Like all the pieces that make up the whole of any story, you have a part to play. Your support is needed and appreciated to keep this story alive. By making a purchase on this entire site, above the value of $500.00, 5% of each purchase will be donated to an Australian charity relevant to the chosen item, where applicable. If you have a favourite charity you would like the donation to go to, I am happy to arrange it. Certificates will be posted after the purchase and donation have occurred.

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