This work questions our social conditioning; that poo is bad and gold is good. I have combined the two to evoke slight confusion. Initially people are attracted to the sculpture and the beautiful individually shaped forms, asking are they olives, seed pods, etc., then politely raise eyebrows or recoil in horror upon discovering it is sheep poo. By adding the gold leaf the work suddenly has a new 'value' or 'learned beauty'.
gold leaf, sheep poo
30 x 30 x 25 cm
Judges of the 2006 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: Anthony Bond (Director Curatorial and Head Curator International at Art Gallery of NSW), Felicity Fenner (Curator at Ivan Doherty Gallery, NSW College of Fine Arts) and Professor Anne Graham (Chair of Fine Art at School of Fine Art, Drama and Music, University of Newcastle).
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