Rivers of thoughts of plague my mind however poetic, profound or pathetic they be they are voices which need be free.
Winner of the Democracy Award, at the Lorne Sculpture Biennale.
A rumination of thought both in words embroidered on the wood it is the unspoken stories of the works intense time / labouring. Over 4 kilometres of metal embroidery eventually rusted during the wet season. Later these panels served as a means to transfer the embroidery onto fabric creating the works 5th poem, the canvas roof of rust stained words.
The work evolved into a number of small 3D wall works / ruminations which were shown at the &ArtFair , Melbourne Victoria.
To date the large sculpture continues to erode as with the thoughts with which it was made.
After curator, Lara Nichols, presented we artists with the curatorial theme for the 2018 Lorne Sculpture Biennale , "Landfall" addressing pressing global environmental/capital issues through art.
Having discussed, commented, talked about these, at times overwhelming issues, I felt the time and space had now arrived for action. Through the familiar act of message in a bottle audiences acted as a responder to natures distress call. Creating positive / active responses to environmental issues as well as altering the works form and aesthetic through action.
Making its' debut at the 2018 Lorne Sculpture Biennale S.O.S was the winner of the Sculpture-scape Land Art Award. An honour shared with the 1,200+ participants who placed their pledges in the bottles and continue their part.
An interactive / catalytic work where audience participation is essential. Some 1,500 reclaimed glass bottles laid out in a morse code pattern to house audiences messages. Composed with a nominal carbon footprint the works glass bottles, paper, wood and other materials sourced from transfer stations. Utilising every element of the materials in building the bones of the sculpture-scape.
S . O . S became a shared space for the public, stimulating conversations, making connections and future commitments. Responses from the over 1,200 participants came in the form of small to large commitments, declarations, drawings all in various scripts and languages. Creating a mass of action, form, aesthetic, and change.
To paraphrase Lara Nancy Nicholls (LSB Curator), the work did not arrive finished nor did it leave finished. Participants are taking their action as i further the work through documentation of pledges, making a work from the paper as well as future exhibitions.