'The ruin traffics with more than one timeframe: it arrives from the past, but incomplete it stands as a warning for our own futures... and most unsettling conjures a future past, a memory of what might have been' (Brian Dillon, 2014). In making this work, past ideas of romanticising the historical ruin have collided with our contemporary moment, as we witness important layers of our civilisation becoming victims of war and destruction (Destruction of memory, Tim Slade, 2016). The materiality of this sculpture in pink-mirrored Perspex speaks through the seductive persuasions of marketing, with its cosmetic opticality. I find it a significant material as well, to express our narcissistic 'Age of The Selfie' as we peer into this miniature allusion of ruin, our fractured reflection multiplies along its brick-like surface.
Sherna Teperson was born in Cape Town, South Africa and currently lives and works in Sydney. She has a degree in graphic design and BA Fine Arts (Honours). She has had 11 solo exhibitions in Sydney as well as a solo presentation at Art Stage Singapore. She has been included in numerous prizes including Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award, Blake Prize, Salon des Refusés, Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, Rick Amor Drawing Prize, Hutchins Art Prize, Substation Contemporary Art Award and Fisher’s Ghost Art Award. She has been included in exhibitions at various galleries and institutions around Australia including National Gallery of Australia, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery and Campbelltown Arts Centre.
Teperson’s work is held the collections of Artbank, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Lake Macquarie Art Gallery and private collections in Australia and USA.
wooden blocks, mirror Perspex, PVA, adhesive
22.5 x 65 x 15 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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