Final sculpture photography by Robert Firth, documentary photography and video by me.
Concept & Design: Monique Tippett and Pavel Perina
Dimensions: 12m x 8m x 6.5m
Construction: Monique Tippett, Pavel Perina, Myself, Sharon Parker-Brown, Peter Tippett.
Residing in, and commissioned by, Perth Childrens Hospital, Embrace is the result of a collaborative effort between Monique Tippett and Pavel Perina. Built over the course of 6 months, I assisted in the full time construction efforts of making the structure.
Description from the artists:
“A collaboration between artist Monique Tippett and Pavel Perina. The artwork for the Northern Winter Garden is a large timber sculpture that explores the themes of the natural environment and its role in nurturing our holistic wellbeing. The work is organic in nature, drawing on the forms of curving, intertwined tree limbs and fallen logs; the forest floor. It is a link with the iconic Kings Park, viewed magnificently through the high windows of the Northern Winter Garden. We explored the memories of our own childhoods and the hours spent in bushland, climbing trees and crawling on and under logs and limbs, exploring secret spaces. The work is also inspired by linked and embracing limbs of trees, two intertwined curved forms, separate but joined, in an evocation of an embrace between mother and child. Their graceful shapes move in a sinuous dialogue,redolent of the mutually supportive relationship between two loved ones. The works fluidity and asymmetrical lines create a dynamic relationship with the viewer as their perspective changes in transit past it. It is a work of strength and elegance.”