She is a Western Australian artist living in East Fremantle. Her art practice is multi disciplinary across sculpture, textiles and painting, and is concerned with exploring materials that reflect the Australian landscape and culture. Her work is represented at Piney Lakes Sculpture walk in Melville, Kings Park Botanic Gardens, Tianfu Museum in Chengdu China and in many private collections in Australia.
How would you describe the relationship between the material you use in your works with the area you choose to position them and also with the nature?
The material I use is an historic ‘dingo proof fence’ found in the wheatbelt region of Western Australia. The fencing material is a component of the sculptural work in referencing the colonisation of the landscape. The forms themselves speak of insect colonies in the landscape and the effect is to evoke familial forms. The chosen site at Sculpture by the Sea adds another layer of context to the work in their position on the beach with the horizon and ocean seen through the forms. Here now, gone tomorrow !! Global climate change!!
What is the inspiration for your work “The Echos”? Why did you name it “The Echos”?
‘Echos’ was inspired by a trip to Arnhem Land made possible by the Western Australian Sculpture scholarship I won in 2018 from Sculpture by the Sea at Cottesloe, W.A. Whilst traveling through Arnhem Land I was intrigued by the Cathedral anthill forms dotted throughout the landscape, with there statuesque presence and clever architectural design. The title was responding to the concept of Time in the landscape. Echos reverberate sound across time and disappear. The concept of being fleeting in the landscape.
Your work has an impact on the beach area and silhouette of the place. Did you get the perception you expected as a feedback from the users?
My sculptures created an engaging and interactive space for the audience to explore. They have a changing dynamic on the beach due to the weather conditions and impact from the variable sunlight throughout the day. The public responded with intrigue and delight mostly, relating them to the Pinnacle formations near Cervantes on the W.A. coastline.
Interview: İrem Efe