Rock Star #1 was created with dolerite core samples drilled circa 1950s from the iconic 'Super Pit' gold mine in WA. The Super Pit is the star of gold mining in Australia and is synonymous with Kalgoorlie-Boulder. The rock is predominantly dolerite approximately 2.6 billion years old, and like us, it's the stuff of stars.
Lee Harrop was born in New Zealand and completed a Masters of Fine Arts at the Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design. Now based in the Northern Territory, Harrop works in a variety of mediums to explore her interest in mining and the natural resources industry.
Recently, Harrop has exhibited extensively in Australia and New Zealand and in 2018 has been a finalist in the following awards: National Contemporary Art Award Waikato Museum, New Zealand; Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize, Sydney; Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, South Australian Museum; Hutchins Australian Contemporary Art Prize, Hobart; 40th Alice Prize, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, NT; Wyndham Art Prize, Wyndham Cultural Centre, Werribee VIC; and the Molly Morpeth Canaday 3D Award, Whakatane Exhibition Centre, New Zealand. Her works sit in many public institution collections including Bunbury Regional Art Gallery WA and the City of Joondalup, WA.
hand engraved dolerite drill core samples from the Super Pit gold mine in Kalgoorlie WA
4.2 x 42.5 x 4.2 cm
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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