Regrowth: Drowned Tree #1

Work in Progress

Inspired by a trip to Nagambie in Northern Victoria, Australia January 2022. The trees drowned when the reservoir was created are now stumps on which new growth has sprouted continuing to provide life and habitat. Both ghostly and hopeful.

 

Armoured Urchin

Materials: Steel, re-cycled coat fabric, bolts, found shell beads, linen thread
Dimensions: approx. 12 x 22 x 20 cm

The texture and colour of each individual sea urchin is unique. The contrast between the shell and the animal when it is alive appeals to my sense of contradiction: the shell is fragile, but the live creature (named after the Middle English word for hedgehog) has poisonous, painfully spikey spines. Once the animal is gone the shell is revealed to be both beautiful and fragile, each with a unique colour and texture. Armoured Urchin explores this transformation while experimenting with using textile techniques and media to sculpt with metal. Using fabric and thread to join the steel segments initially seemed unique. The focus was on creating a piece which had movement when handled but as I worked its similarity to armour became obvious. This particularly contrasts with the fragile shell that inspired its form.

scared.protect.origin

Materials: steel
Pods are from various materials
Dimensions: approx. 12 x 22 x 20 cm

This piece evolved while in the workshop of Brian and George Fell at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. It builds on the sea urchins I have been creating in stitch and cloth in my practice. The contrast of their fragility and mystique with the visceral process of shaping and welding the steel inspired its evolution.
It was planned that the urchin ‘hold’ and protect a more fragile textile piece. I created several small pods, but none of them felt quite right and it became clear that the steel speaks most clearly on its own, alongside photos of it containing the pods.

Urchins

Sea Urchins and Sea Dragons regularly feature in my work where I explore their shape, movement and susceptibility to environmental change using recycled and waste materials. When I was a child I witnessed the dramatic effect on a small area of headland when humans stripped it of urchins for food. This memory helped shape the way I see our world and strongly influences my work. They are also endlessly beautiful. These images are a selection of the work leading towards my

Mujigea and Jigu

Materials: Steel, mixed scrap and waste media, thread
Dimensions: 62 x 38 x 52 cm

Mujigea is Korean for Rainbow and Jigu is Korean for Earth. This dragon and her eggs fly within a steel kelp garden.
The dragon is based on the endangered Weedy Seadragon from my home in Melbourne. Largely made using waste and scrap fabrics which are transformed using stitch. For example, the body is created from brightly coloured waste fabric from a local community project with a spiral binding backbone. Her face is richly embellished with french knots, buttons from my mum’s vintage collection and a rusty screw beak. The urchin eggs are made from wool scraps, embroidered and embellished with tacks.


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