21 August – 7 September , 2013
Relics of Utopia
‘Relics of Utopia’ is a sculpture inspired by the dereliction of the Australian urban setting. Aesthetically this miniature manufactured ruin occupies a space somewhere between the meticulous orchestration of a Japanese Zen garden and the haphazardness of a junkyard scrap heap.
‘Relics of Utopia’ investigates the topic of urban ruin by appropriating the sculptural qualities of discarded decayed materials and their shared history as objects of urban ruin. Collected or found objects are juxtaposed and aesthetically resurrected under their material decline. My incorporation of the synonymously urban water feature also adds a picturesque and kitsch element to the work. The water feature not only references the kitsch and artificial innovations of the urban landscape but harks further back in history to the projects of 19th century fake ruins or follies of the British picturesque. My reference to this quirky history of artificiality in ruin making seeks to stimulate contemplation on the sculpture’s own validity as a ruin. This reference to artificiality is also accented by my inclusion of plastic plants. Their occupation within the work highlights the sublime dialogue between genuine ruins and the enchroachment of nature.