With inspiration from Fiona Hall's aluminium sculptures students will study Australian landscape with particular consideration to fauna and flora and create a relief foil sculpture.
Research Research a plant that has an interesting cultural association. This could be an introduced species now considered a weed, or a plant used in traditional ceremonies or rituals. Research its habitat and if possible, find a living example. Alternatively, find an image in a botanical book or on the internet. For example think back to Mexican Day of the Dead Skulls - what flowers were used during this cultural event?
Preparation Create a series of detailed drawings of the plant in ink, pencil or charcoal. Using aluminium create a relief sculpture using your drawing and material, considering how the composition of your species to create meaning, or narrative.
Students should experiment with composition in their drawings: overlapping forms, making some forms touch the edges etc. The more detail in the drawings––shading, patterning, dotting, cross-hatching– the better. Experiment on scraps of aluminium to develop your technique of mark making.
Final Work From your experimentations and thumbnails decide on a final composition and complete a relief foil sculpture A5 in size.
Extension: Students can use scissors to extend the flat relief works into works which stand on a plinth by cutting, folding and arranging the edges of the piece to make this a three-dimensional sculptural object
Practitioner's Statement Complete a written practitioner's statement addressing the set criteria. (See link to 'how to write a practitioner's statement)
Adelaide-based artist Fiona Hall is well-known for her aluminium sardine can sculptures which sprout plant specimens from the top and hide elements of human nature within (Paradisus Terrestris). With a career spanning three decades, Hall's work returns over again to the nexus between nature and culture. Hall is a lover of botany and gardens as well as craft, and her art tackles big issues such as natural history, globalisation, colonialism, and consumerism. (abc.net.com.au)
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