I Am is a delicately balanced form, tightly curled and then unfurling as it extends upwards and outward in a continuously rippling spiral shape; a combination of force and grace. Smooth interiors have been partially exposed – contrasting with the striated, ribboned outer surface – almost to invite a closer examination of what lies hidden behind their worked exteriors. I Am provides an opportunity for closer reflection upon the sculpture and the connections between human form and organic shape.
We are all individuals possessing the sanctity of a singular life and the ability to express ourselves. At the same time we are part of the society within which we live. I Am is a metaphor for that relationship with the organic rippling, pulsating, ribbed and undulating outer surface acting as a counterpoint to the delicate, highly polished interior world of our thoughts. It reminds us that it is the individual that makes our world a place of justice and compassion.
Stainless steel is a modern industrial material but used in this sculpture in a light, contemporary manner. With this series of works, I have tried to capture a reflection of life in the urban environment, an exploration of a state of mind.
Andrew Rogers is one of Australia's most distinguished and internationally recognised contemporary artists. International exhibitions are frequent and his critically acclaimed sculptures are in numerous private and prominent public collections around the world. Andrew receives many international commissions and has created Rhythms of Life, the largest contemporary land art undertaking in the world, a connected set of drawings on the earth visible from space. 51 stone sculptures, or geoglyphs, encircling the globe. The project has involved over 7,500 people in 16 countries across all seven continents.
Andrew's new forms are a continuing contribution to contemporary visual arts created with an innovative narrative. His work is forging new paths in the use of materials and forms, and reflects contemporary intellectual conceptual thinking and social comment. His exploration of human emotion is reflected in the light, floating, organic forms. Recent commissions include major sculptures for the Cirque du Soleil collections located in Canada, Spain and Tahiti and private collections in Hawaii, Colorado and California. He is currently working on projects for Turkey and the USA.
65 x 31 x 25 cm
Judges of the 2016 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: Wendy Whiteley OAM (Ambassador for the visual arts), Rhonda Davis (Senior Curator at Macquarie University Art Gallery) and Barry Keldoulis (CEO and Group Fairs Director of Art Fairs Australia).
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