Sculpture by the Sea Bondi, Transfield Australian Invited Artist, 2018 / Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe, 2019

Cairns

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. 

Cairns, Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe, WA, 2019 Steel, Acrylic 

Cairns,Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe, 2019

Catalogue cover exhibition Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe WA, 2020

Sculpture by the Sea Bondi, Transfield Australian Invited Artist, 2018 

Cairns, Sculpture by the Sea Bondi, WA, 2018 Steel, Acrylic 

Detail, Cairns, Sculpture by the Sea Bondi, WA, 2019 

Cairns, Private Home 2020

Cairns,Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe, 2019

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