Grace has been awarded the sculpture prize for her final year of her Visual Arts degree. I don't often blog about our family obvious reasons, but since we have two graduating artists seeking work, I'm going to support them by getting their names 'out there'.
Grace's piece won praise from the judges for both its edginess and coherence. While Grace is a great illustrator (often ink and watercolour), her leaning toward sculpture is about creating interactive, social experiences.
She currently has a piece in "Nest" at the Format Gallery, 15 Peel St, Adelaide. I can't tell you what it may invite you to do.
Inspired by the phrase “Birds of a feather flock together”, 'Feathers' features 23 young artists’ works which will be enmeshed in a giant chicken wire nest built within the gallery, physically and metaphorically supported by the audience as they weave fabric, yarn, sticks, tape, and other recycled materials into the walls.
At Uni Grace made an installation involving 400 balloons (mostly blown up by me... using compressed air), each with sentence of someone's dream in them (mostly inserted by me), and some with tiny torches in them (also me...). The darkened room had cloth suspended waist-high with the balloons above the cloth and light shining down. When you walked into the room you had to stoop down. It was all about the weight of dreams. A wonderful idea.
As a sideline she had an outdoor piece in "Drawn In" where she had 200 kites hung in trees (me holding a ladder in the rain, Yvonne helping make kites while sitting in the mud and rain) representing the loss of childhood innocence as we journey through life.
Prior to that she filmed herseld dragging a kite around town and then throwing it off a balcony. It was all about the difficulty of the creative process. I missed seeing that one.
And then there's "Fluxus", the movie of which will never be seen publicly. Rundle Mall. A large box. A smaller, singing box. Carrots. The "Tim the Enchanter" headgear. Chanting. Balloons and glitter. Bananas. It was all about audience reaction.
We're very proud of her and have absolutely no idea what she might want to create next. But she has power tools and is calling MY shed HER workshop, so who knows...