The third Sculpture in the Harbour event took place over Easter in 2017, running from the 14th to 17th of April. This time around artists created works relating to the concept of "Vessel".
Forged, welded and painted steel.
I remembered a line I heard on the radio while I was welding that said “we swim in a sea of words”. I thought of all of those layers (or waves) of words written, spoken and sung about the sea.....
I have always liked the quill as a symbol. It is something about the pen and ink being separate entities that unite to create a form, a line or a word (before the ink runs out).
I started making a human figure contained within a packing crate or “Vessel”. Let the audience choose their own metaphors. Then the council without notice excavated the harbour. I spent time wading out with a black and white measuring stick and Go Pro to make a youtube clip to share with the other artists. After laying awake at night worrying about the implications of the changed seabed I then saw other possibilities for my work.
Hand coiled clay , carving and clay additions. Fired to 1280 degrees. Metal platform by Matthew Ball. Solar pump.
"A Sea Of Salty Tears. A tear duct from biology, Emoji the new hieroglyphic. What lies beyond the x ray ?, sea and salty tears prolific. Salt will cleanse and heal. Ocean moon and memory, sadness repeal."
A connection between the ancient Celtic sculptures and the modern day emoji. Both have something in common ( story).
This broken vessel may not hold cargo or passengers anymore, yet it still holds memories….
My heart it has gone…
It rides with the sea,
But my body lies here…
Alone without thee…
Stoneware clay fired to 1250 C
I decided to work with two meaningful definitions of vessel: a woman’s body which has the capacity to contain new life and, universally, scriptures referred to the body as a vessel for the intangible spirit of life. The second more obvious definition will be pots or amphora.
My work refers to antiquity.
Caryatides and amphora’s as ruins or fragments sinking into the sea. It also transports into the future with problems of rising sea levels because of global warming.
Textured Concrete and Hardwood
In an era where the plight of refugees is exploited politically both here and overseas. This piece attempts to highlight the humanity at the heart of this sorrowful issue.
The crude boat shaped profile is made of concrete representing the heavy hearts of those leaving their homelands with loved ones left behind, lost or worse....
The rectangular cut-outs represent the small slots of vision these people are allowed to see of their intended destination. Sometimes only seeing a hint of the land they dream of before being locked away.
The wooden mast represents the Christian cross which has historically represented many things but here it represents a hope for compassion.
The Submarine is made of 100% copper pipe and sheeting. All welds are done with silver solder. The sub is water tight and floats.
In 1914 the Submarine AE2 left Albany set for Gallipoli. It went on to hold up through a solid battle in Turkey. Unfortunately, she never returned home as mechanical faults caused her to raise to the surface and be exposed to torpedo fire. Still to this day she rests 72m deep on the sea floor of the Dardanelles. It’s complement of 35 people became prisoners of war. This floating sculpture is a tribute to the AE2 and its crew.
Metal door frames recycled plastic bottles.
The journey we take in our lives is directed by the doors we open,and the choices we make. Our parents create the beginning of our journey. but it is our own life force that selects the flow and directions in which we travel.
Sheet steel, hose, steel subframe, glass.
Our rich local fisheries can be very attractive to unauthorised fishing vessels from near and far. Word of the Bremer Canyon has reached lightyears and this alien vessel, trying its luck looks like it has hooked a big one.
Steel skeleton, timber, chicken mesh, rigid polyester foam and reinforced epoxy resin.
The human gesture supporting our most precious and intimate Vessels.
Reused clothes , wood, paint, varnish,wire
We came on boats. Convicts and settlers
They came on boats. Gold rush days
They came on boats. WW1, Migrants
They came on boats. WW2. War orphans
They came on boats. Snowy River scheme
They came on boats. 10£ Poms
They came on boats. Vietnamese
They come on boats.
Boats of people. Families, children, mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunties, uncles, cousins, friends.
How lucky we are to be in this country
“My soul is full of longing,
For the secret of the sea
And the heart of the great ocean,
Sends a thrilling pulse through me.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
My Sculpture represents the feeling of “Freedom” in the elements of the ocean…memories that any sailor should bottle in their hearts forever. I wanted the sculpture to be realistic and something that would relate to the audience.
The ship is made from plywood to keep it positively buoyant to help compensate for the weight of the bottle. The wooden ship has a bitumen lining inside and out, so it will last like the old ships. The bottle is made from 12mm galvanised rod. Other materials used include railway iron which is used to pull the boat down to a suitable waterline, and some small wheels, to make it easier to set up and remove from the water.
“The Host” is an observation of parasitic life forms, the imagery used in this piece is working on the theory that anything you can imagine exists somewhere in nature on various scales somewhere on earth or out there in the universe.
The intent of the parasite can be mutually beneficial keeping the host free of vectors that may cause harm or disease, or the organism itself may be the cause of harm to the host. Whatever the relationship between the two, camouflage to blend in as much as possible is a beneficial way of going unnoticed.