I’m thrilled that my sculpture Reservoir of Hope is a finalist in the Environmental Art & Design Prize 2021. See it at Manly Art Gallery & Museum until Sunday, 12 December 2021 – 5:00pm. 

The finalist exhibition is a cross-disciplinary exhibition of selected works by artists and designers across the country who are engaged with the natural world, environmental renewal, regeneration and the circular economy. In its inaugural year, the award celebrates contemporary art and design practices that are socially engaged, environmentally aware and that seek to contribute to positive change.

Reservoir of Hope
Over scorched earth and blackened waterways sits a precariously balanced Reservoir of Hope. An emblem for the future. The bushfires and floods touched me personally and resulted in the reflection that the constant stream of terrifying images and dire predictions disengages and generates a sense of despair. It immobilises people with hopelessness.

Using crushed copper house guttering placed into a bushfire, wood foraged from a bushfire and recycled electrical copper wire, Reservoir of Hope represents the concept that we have reservoirs of hope – stores of an emotion that can be used to envision our future. In times of crisis – planetary or personal – we can access it to amplify positivity and action into the situation.

Hope allows us to want to do right by the world and feel responsibility for conserving nature and recognising the interdependence between the welfare of humans and the more than human world.

Size: 60 h 42 w 36d, Recycled copper, wood.