Score

2011

Artist pastels, wood, paper, acrylic

Dimensions variable (wall approximately 50 metres long)

Score is a temporary intervention made on site in the space of a few hours. The repetitive, cyclical action of the work’s making reiterates the ceaseless rhythm of the sea. Layers of circular markings are choreographically scribed on the weathered stone wall. These form ‘stave’ lines for propped wooden rods that delineate an undulating score for wave action and tidal movement. Much like music or a receding tide, the only traces that remain of this lyrical insculpturation are some faint marks on the wall and a documentary archive.

Exhibited in ‘Sculpturscape’, a category for temporary works at Lorne Sculpture, October 2011

Winner of the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust Sculpturscape Award 2011

Awarded a Janet Holmes á Court Artist Grant to assist with the cost of editing video documentation

Collection of the artist

photo: Louise Lavarack

Shoal

Proposal for a nodal location in a new urban waterfront development

Shoal is a field of rotating panels hovering overhead in a cable net structure. The panels are designed to waver and oscillate in the wind, not to spin. Never stable, the panels waggle back and forth constantly, first revealing a momentary glimpse of one face, then a flash of the other. Front and back are painted in two different sets of colours. The endlessly shifting panels flick and change colour like a darting, shimmering school of fish in a poetically mesmerising display that varies according to the ephemeral movement of the wind and the trajectory of the viewer.

Concept shortlisted for the Dock Square Public Art Commission at Docklands, Melbourne in 2011

 

preliminary visualisation: FloodSlicer

Iteratio

Proposal for the public foyer of a concert hall

Iteratio transfigures musical form into sculptural form. Suspended overhead are undulating rows of long pipes painted inside and out in a limited palette of rich colours. Each pipe is encircled at the lower end by floating, mirror-finish stainless steel rings that reflect and fragment the movement of audiences gathered below. The repetition of these elegant ‘pulse modules’ ambiguously suggest various kinds of musical instruments, or voices in a choir, or perhaps the individual notes in a musical score. The modulated configurations articulate the melodic lines and rhythmic progressions of orchestral composition and evoke the waves of sound that engulf an audience during a performance.

Concept shortlisted for Hamer Hall Public Art Commission at The Arts Centre, Melbourne in 2011

preliminary visualisation: FloodSlicer

Ebb Flow

2011

Painted steel

Dimensions variable (overall area 4.8 x 52.8 metres, poles 9 x 9 cm by 400 cm high)

Ebb Flow is as an integral component of a new wetland park designed by Fitzgerald Frisby Landscape Architecture at Toomuc Creek Reserve in Pakenham. There stormwater is managed as a valued resource. Periodic flooding is essential to the health of a wetland, and this, along with seasonal cycles and other overlapping rhythms of the natural world, have inspired Ebb/Flow.

The repetition of form, the rhythmic variations in the spacing of poles, and the undulating patterns in the colours, all suggest a three-dimensional diagram that evokes those used to represent annual oscillations of temperature and rainfall, or the undulations of diurnal and lunar cycles.

Location: Edenbrook Estate, Pakenham

Collection: Cardinia Shire Council (gift of Devine Communities)

Awards: 2012 Award for Design in Landscape Architecture from Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

photo: Louise Lavarack

Moved into River Studios

February 2011

I have taken up a tenancy in one of 50 studios at River Studios in West Melbourne, part of the Creative Spaces Program managed by City of Melbourne. The studio complex is housed in an old furniture factory on the banks of the Maribyrnong River.

For more information visit the Creative Spaces website.

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