Sculpture by the Sea Bondi, Transfield Australian Invited Artist, 2018 / Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe, 2019
In this work, I have tried to encompass some of the traits that I loved most
in the cairns of my youth – the balancing, the fragility and the impermanence.
Cairns are a human-made pile / stacks of stones, which have been raised by many
cultures since prehistoric times, with a broad variety of purpose and meaning.
In my youth in Italy, I remember admiring cairns when crossing riverbeds, looking for them to find the path out of the river. Visually, I loved their essence and forms,
and I was struck by how unassumingly simple and un-precious they were – able to be added to or altered by anybody – given their critical role in navigation.
Now I am in the middle of my life here in Australia, I would like to raise my own cairn – less as a trail finder, and more a signal for a possible pathway. A marker that in its abstraction and simplification of form, contains the light and colours of the landscape in which it is placed, exposing the hidden and the imaginary.