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. 

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

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Cairns,Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe, 2019

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Catalogue cover exhibition Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe WA, 2020

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

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

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

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Cairns, Private Home 2020

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Cairns,Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe, 2019