My artwork, ‘The Procession’
has been selected as a finalist
for the 20th Anniversary
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize.
56 sculptures have been selected
from a record 844 entries.
Finalist works are by emerging
and established artists from Australia,
New Zealand, United Kingdom and Italy.
“I was impressed by the quality and diverse
themes of the entries in a number of different
media which embraced a variety of references
including the pandemic,
ecology, hope and humour.”
judge Joanna Capon OAM commented.
“This year’s selection of small sculptures
represents a snapshot of the great diversity
of art practice in Australia today”
judge Lara Strongman said.
H360mm x W660mm x D550mm
Stoneware clay, porcelain slip,
dry glaze, multiple firings.
Engaging with issues of cultural place and belonging,
my work embodies vulnerability and fortitude.
Reflecting on the basic human need to connect,
and relating to nature’s malleable way of reproduction,
the form is constructed by repetitive elements.
The singular is supported by the whole
and the whole is united by the singular.
Working with clay is a continual dialogue with the form,
exploring my ideas through construction.
The process is fluid, ideas evolve
In The Procession, connected clay vessels are emblems
of our basic human needs, they are containers for carrying water or food. Reminiscent of armed human figures, they evoke both the notions of vulnerability and strength.
Bonded together in multiple groups, they travel as one in a ceremonial procession, awakening a conversation about people, the individuals that connect to a group and the sense of security within.
Informed by my cultural background this work communicates on a personal and global level
bringing the poetics of the past into the present
to question the future.