My sculpture David examines an aspect of modern Australia's identity. It focusses on Australia's 'Beer and Meat-Pie Culture' and our societal obsession with alcohol and 'getting sauced'. David investigates the Australia where the only thing sacred is the weekend, the country where 'knock offs' are expected, 'travellers' are essential and 'one more' is always strongly encouraged.
I am interested in what drives us to drink and the infrastructure that surrounds and supports a culture that celebrates getting wasted. Quenching a thirst is an expensive habit, in 2016 Australian's spent $14.5 billion on alcohol purchased from liquor retailers (this figure doesn't include bars and other licensed venues). The social costs on Australia are also high with the figure of alcohol misuse estimated to be in excess of $15 billion. I want to explore our relationship with alcohol, I want to look at the benefits we receive and contrast them the wasteful side of drinking.
Graphic artist Jamie Edwards is one half of the renowned Melbourne based multidisciplinary design studio Daisylegs whose large scale murals and street art has graced the walls of popular bars and restaurants, corporate interiors and residential walls. A graduate from RMIT Melbourne, Edwards’ background in graphic design and typography combined with his interest in urbanity and architecture has seen the artist produce thought provoking sculptural work filled with allegory and dark humour. Jamie's work has been featured in Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart.
damar minyak, acrylic, enamel, aerosol
50 x 20 x 20 cm
Jamie Edward, in conversation with Professor Ian Howard, discusses his work 'David'. Recorded on 20 October 2018 at the 2018 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize exhibition, Woollahra Council.
Judges of the 2018 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: Michael Lynch AO CBE (Australian Arts administrator, former Director of Sydney Opera House and former CEO of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Hong Kong) and Amanda Love (Director Loveart, independent Art Advisory).
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