I received exciting news today, Woollahra Council rang with the good news that my artwork titled, ‘Silent iterations of change’ was selected as a finalist for the annual Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize and exhibition. The 2019 finalist group includes artists from Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. My work was selected along with 43 other artists from 634 entries. A huge thank you to the three judges and other artists who entered. All finalist artworks can be seen at WSSP Finalists Images :
Drawing on human behaviour, combined with multiples of discarded materials, this artwork continues my exploration into emotional responses and expectations through the repetitive peaks and troughs faced in everyday life.
The making of this artwork posed numerous unpredictable challenges. I created this artwork in rows, drilling a few cards at a time and threading them onto bent rod. As I started a new row, the previous row wanted each additional row to conform and straighten under pressure. I didn’t want this; it became a battle. I also had to overcome the annoyance of rogue cards that have slightly different hole positions, which create imperfections and therefore wouldn’t conform to the rest of the row. Eventually during this silent negotiation between artist and material, we compromised, as I went with the flow and imperfections, and then allowed them their own way. Not to the detriment of the artwork, but to mutual benefit.
Photo by Andrew Rankin