Sculpture by the Sea Bondi, 2016 / Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe, 2017
Untitled (Coral) 2016 - Untitled (Coral Aqua) 2017
This work explores the process of coral bleaching and discolouration, and the parallels this draws with our society’s attachment to technology. The work is digitally fabricated using 3D printing technology in coloured transparent acrylic material.
After travelling to Ningaloo and spending a lot of time underwater, the discolouration of the coral resonated with me in the same way that I feel technology drains us of our emotions.
In this time when almost everyone relies on technology as a mean of communication, where does this leave our physical connection to nature and each other?
Due to the transparency, at a distance the child figure appears to be a part of the environment in which she is placed. However due to her being constructed from an unnatural material that is technologically produced, this is an illusion. As people get closer, they can see that the edges of the figure are not smooth; the many individual layers create a pixelated effect. This is symbolic of technology in our society; a concept that appears to be cohesive, however it is actually causing disconnection and distancing people emotionally.