Home' Scoop Homes and Art : Insite 25 Winter 2010 Contents Stuart Elliott has a big shed. He also
has a big dog, and has been known
to do some big sculpture. However,
he doesn't feel the need to make a
big impact on the world. "I don't want to be
a movie star," he has stated.
Instead, this intensely thoughtful and
considered man concentrates on his art in
his big shed, with his big dog, out in Bakers
Hill. It's a little spot on the West Australian
landscape that provides the environment
and space in which he can create the art that
has seen him become one of the State's most
important mid-career artists.
" ere's lots of staring: images, screens,
writing, assorted phenomena," he says of his
day-to-day. "Lugging things, bending over
benches or operating machinery, bit of food,
infrequent binge vice, a little company,
serial dog talking and much wondering."
e staring is related to the wondering as
he takes in the world and digests it; the lug-
ging and the bending are while constructing
his sculptures from wood, ceramic or steel,
or all three and more. e food and binge
vice? Well, a man has to live. And the 'com-
pany and dog' refer to his friends and his
wolfhound--Alsatian--cross Rex: "He scares
children -- he is the size of a small horse and
has a fabulous set of cutlery," Stuart laughs.
Currently, this mode has him preparing
for two exhibitions. One is his 18th solo show
(working title e Gamekeeper) at Turner
Galleries in 2011. "Some is installation works
that I have been pushing around and work-
shopping for about the past 18 months or so,"
he says. en there's e Hollow City, a
collaborative video project for which he is
working on sets, buildings, vehicles and
people to film. To debut in November at
Junction Gallery, in Midland, it's a follow-up
to working on e Underpass Motel (Turner
Galleries, October-November 2009) with
similarly 'reclusive artists', including
Patrizia Tonello and Graham Taylor. " ey
have got the band back together," he says.
And he is currently doing a residency at
the Holmes à Court Gallery. He is in the
gallery until June 13, and will hold a launch
on June 3 of his works. It's a public arena for
this self-confessed recluse, but one that he
says he has enjoyed. "It's not like I am in the
front window at Myer," he laughs. However,
with an aversion to city life and an upcoming
show entitled e Hollow City, what is his
relationship with urban environs?
"I live where I do because I can interact
with the world at a measured rate," he says.
"It takes me time to digest stuff. I need to
think about things, stare at trees and night
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