Artworks Foundry, Auckland
Exhibited for NZSoS Womens Refuge Exhibition,Fort Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand
Miranda Farm Gallery,Miranda, New Zealand
A friend and fellow sculptor, Christine Hellyar, gave me some sheets of wax. I was drawn to the creative potential of this material and started experimenting with it. I loved the way it could be torn, shaped and folded like paper and then cast it into bronze.
I left areas open so that the nature of the material was exposed.
I also wanted to play with the ideas of negative space it suggested to me, that the eye fills up and comprehends.
It was difficult to create stable 3D objects with only sheets of wax, and the foundry did well to cast the work without distorting the form. I love the expressive quality of the folds and rough surfaces.
My normal art practise involves smooth surfaces, so this was a satisfying departure from my usual, and very rejuvenating!!
I loved making these Gulls and feel they represent an important part of my practise.
They have found the perfect permanent home right on the coast of Massachusetts, USA.