2014, Lime wood, metal can, acrylic, h cm 26
2014 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Finalist
In my work I like to tackle controversial topics such as social conflicts, violence and our relationship with power. Humour and political irony play an important role to achieve that. The use of carved wood, a material usually associated with craftmanship and pastoral simplicity, enhances these features especially when incorporated to other elements and found objects, as in this case, where the plinth is obtained from a discarded tuna fish can, then scratched with war icons drawings.
”À la guerre comme à la guerre” (At war as at war) is a French proverb illustrating how in times of crisis people are entitled to use all means to achieve their goals. This sculpture refers to the Gartenzwerg (garden dwarf), a figure that originated in Germany in 19th century and became popular in many house lawns of Europe’s suburbs and villages as a symbol of the middle class tranquil life made of shared community values and recreational hobbies (including woodcarving). Here reduced to a knick-knack size and dressed in camouflage uniform this represents the loss of any social and economic personal identity in a time where all certainties and hopes seem to have vanished.