The 2008 Heysen Sculpture Biennial B4 - Homage to Nature
Image: Heysen's Shady Pool
List of Artists
Kym AFFORD | Donna BRINK-REID | Penny CHOATE | Paul CULLEN | Ian HAMILTON | Kon HEYER | Margie HOOPER | Pam ILLERT | Greg JOHNS | David KERR | Pamela KOUWENHOVEN | Max LYLE | Gavin MALONE | Andrea NUM GLOVER | Donald RICHARDSON | Colin ROGERS | Ron ROWE | Evette SUNSET
Free Ranged Battery Hens, 2008
My sculpture often employs a play on words; it does not mean that I want egg on my face.
The Pterosaurs, 2008
They look like experiments in the forming of life, but lived successfully for 120 million years, evolving and playing a role in the patterns of life on Planet Earth.
Sticks and bark
Space Junk, 2008
Depleting the Earth, polluting the Sky
Constructed by Penny, John Choate
Wire, muslin, oak
The Bird Headed One Contemplates a Bower, 2008
The bower in made from material collected on site and takes its cues from the constructions of male Spotted Bowerbirds, a species that has become extinct in South Australia. The bird head is also made of organic material.
I once was a tall and handsome tree But all that remains is what you see The splendour I was is no more to be For a deathly white has covered me.
A Bird in the Open Never Looks Like its Picture in the Birdie Books (Ogden Nash), 2008
Is a bird in the hand really worth two in the bush?
Leaves in a Forest of Regret, 2008
A collage of words and images evoking Japanese prayer cards and messages to the gods, alluding to other contexts - especially cyberspace.
Four Up and Four Down, 2008
"Two groups of work, one connected to images from this place and one from images connected to incoming culture, face each other, some vertical and some lying on the ground."
Red bum and burnt red gum
Perhaps this work refers to shadow images which did not appear in European landscape work, but nonetheless were present.
Shady Pool Levee, 2008
This work is a direct response to the site. The materials have been gathered from beneath the towering gums and given order to create form. The form seeks to express the relationship that exists between the trees and the shady pool - a symbolic relationship that is inclusive of human intervention. And, perhaps, it provides the space to ponder on Heysen's Arcadian landscape.
Candle gum bark
Palaeo Extinctus, 2008
I read somewhere that a species becomes extinct every day because of our species and the harm we have done to habitat and earth.
Peace Symbol (Inannae 2), 2008
a peace symbol from Iraq - the Sumerian earth/fertility goddess. The original symbol was a tall bunched assembly of river reeds carved on .... the Warka or Uruk Vase 2500BC - (Baghdad Museum).
Steel, wire mesh, bamboo
Our critical engagement with and reverence for the indigenous nature of place, this place, and not from whence we came as settlers is now an overwhelming imperative. This includes adapting our creation stories and mythologies.
Native pine, river red gum, bark, acrylic
A hoop for the Federal Government to jump through and direct water flow to South Australia and the Murray now!
Stainless steel, cane, thumb tacks, line
Reconciliation Habitat, 2008
This structure uses European willow imported to this natural Australian bushland, enclosing a Reconciliation Flag to illustrate our need to reconcile differences between the land and its inhabitants before the coming of Europeans and our 21st century culture.
Imported willow wood
Family Tree, 2008
This might be all about: Exploration and substitutions with figures containing earth elements, greedily consumed and clock-like faces with fossil fragment. Natural objects seem to be artificially replaced with wire and plastic. Or it might not.
Perspex, wood, metal, found objects
Green Bridge to the Future, 2008
Red gum and coloured marble chips
Green Seeds, 2008
Red gum and coloured marble chips
Green Shadow, 2008
My sculpture has always been about places and environments I visit.
I use the elements from these travels and experiences to integrate with my sculptural forms to create a new visual experience.
My' Homage to Nature' shows a growing concern about making the Planet a better place for future generations. Going green is the concept for saving energy and creating an awareness for the future of Planet Earth.
The sculptures are a visual response showing their place in this environment.
Red gum, sawdust and coloured marble chips
Rubida Celebration, 2008
sightline through the circle through lives and phases
the child tree we embrace the householder tree in its prime
and full of birds the uprooted; white giant dead and gone.