These sculptural works were developed for the Personal Geographies Exhibition, curated by Shan Crosbie and held in the Foyer Gallery at the Australian National University School of Art in September 2016.
Recently as I began designing and sewing shoes for my ten month-old daughter I reflected as always on art and walking. Like many babies she loves being outside and yet virtually all baby toys are anthropomorphic, representing people; or animals; or man made objects such as cars. Where are the representations of nature for them to engage with?
The soft sculptures in this exhibition reflect on both the need for toys for children that connect them with nature and the exploration of nature through non-mimetical form, so that the focus is not just on how something looks, but how it feels, functions, interacts in space. The materials and stuffing used provide a range of tactile surfaces, material acoustics and weights. Some of the material prints have cultural references, alluding to the cultural influences on our experiences of nature. Colours are used to engage with mood, sensation and movement as well as memesis of the natural environment.