Louiseann King is a maker of poetic imagined spatial and cerebral experiences. Over 20 years her artistic practice has explored themes pertaining to the environment, metamorphosis, beauty, artifice, memory, loss, the hierarchy of making processes, gender and materiality. King employs and transforms the found and discarded within nature and culture and, utilising textiles, glass, sound and bronze casting, generates chimerical reveries traversing time and place.
King lives in regional Victoria, Australia where she is inspired by the marked physicality and malleability of the natural world that surrounds her home/studio and the way nature exists in relation to the constructed world. tear is an imagined, shifting world constructed from the mercurial materials of bronze and glass, reflecting and projecting a shifting framework of Australian time. Australian flora and fauna are depicted in the minimalist grids of filet crochet bronze works - women's vernacular craft monumentalised in the grandeur of bronze - alongside Australian flora which is both cast in bronze and pressed to create a two dimensional landscape. The natural world is inferred along with the artificial, generating questions pertaining to gender, value, replication, mimicry, loss and power.
bronze, glass, wood, mirrors
80 x 80 x 80 cm
Judges of the 2019 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: Professor Ross Harley (Dean of the Faculty of Art & Design and UNSW Chair of Arts and Culture), Louise Herron AM (Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Opera House) and Tim Ross (Design and Architecture advocate, Broadcaster, Author and Comedian).
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