ARTWORK / 2020

Moment(o)s of Beauty

PROCESS

 

Materiality. Memory. Time.

"Sim's practice plots a course through

time: examining notions of ritual,
personal authenticity

and materiality."


 

 

NEW WORK

 

Moment(o)s of Beauty

The 2019/20 Australian bushfires have been devastating.

 

Looking through the fire and ash for some hope for the future, I've decided that, for me, 2020 is about looking to nature yet again to inspire me and connect me to this earth: to this place and point in time. 

 

Like previous collections, I can visualise fragments transformed into miniature objects: keepsakes that can be worn on the body serving as signifiers of the land and of moments past. While my 2019 focus was on thoughts of industrialisation, urbanisation, alienation, materiality, and masculinity... the push and pull of progress and manufacturing Vs beauty found in ubiquitous everyday objects, and whether these concepts are mutually exclusive, I was also reflecting on the role of the artist, the craftsperson and the humbling process of making.

 

My role as a maker felt so far removed from what I was seeing and experiencing in one of the busiest cities in the world, and in 2020 I need to find a way to reconnect with my environment-my natural environment.

 

Through the craft of making intimate miniature objects, I can create unique and highly personal pieces that sensitively reflect my response to the natural and burnt landscape.

 

With photography as the starting point, a new collection will be created that reflects the Australian landscape and fauna.

 

RESEARCH

 

The Form of Things

A.C. Grayling
 

Six Names of Beauty

Crispin Sartwell

 

The Syntax of Objects

Tim McCreight

I respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, the traditional custodians of the land on which I create and exhibit art. I pay my respects to Elders past and present, as well as to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the wider Melbourne community and beyond. Indigenous sovereignty has never been ceded. I acknowledge that I work and live country on which Members and Elders of The Wurundjeri people and their forebears have been custodians for many centuries and on which Aboriginal People have performed age-old ceremonies of celebration, initiation and renewal. I acknowledge their living culture and their unique role in the life of this region.

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