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WA artist Jean-Marc Rivalland won the NAB Western Australian
Sculptor Scholarship at this year's Sculpture by the Sea in
Cottesloe. He tells us about creating his award-winning
sculpture, Breaking Wave, and how the $15,000 prize money
will help boost his career.
Tell us about the concept behind this sculpture. I've always
wanted to create a wave. I'm a surfer and it's one of those things
you always draw, this ideal of what a wave could be. I was leaning
against my water tank thinking about it when I realised I could
build the wave from corrugated iron. e corrugation itself creates
a kind of movement, so that's why I decided to use it. Also, it's a
very Australian material that creates quite a rural aesthetic. I
thought it would be interesting to place that in a beach setting.
What did the construction process involve? I decided to build it
in my backyard, which was a feat in itself because the conditions
were either exceptionally hot or exceptionally windy. It involved
both metalwork and woodwork. I couldn't have completed it
without help from Rainfill Tanks, which curved the sheets of
metal for me. So the wave is made from the same corrugated iron
used to create water tanks.
e judges said this piece worked very well three-dimensionally.
How did you create this effect? e wave I have created is highly
stylised. Because of the unravelling spiral shape, it creates a lot
of motion. I think that's where the dynamism comes from. It
actually looks like a water tank from behind, but then as you
move around the form begins to change.
How will the scholarship help your career? e prize money will
go to improving my workspace, so that I can continue to work
on a larger scale within a sheltered area. But my first aim is to
reinvest the money into another work that I'll be exhibiting at
Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi Beach, Sydney.
One of Perth's most beautifully appointed gallery
spaces is having new life breathed into it.
Dormant for almost three years now, Gallows Gallery in Mosman
Park has officially reopened under the finely tuned eye of Kathryn
Stafford. e first exhibition, in June -- A Taste of What's to Come
-- is scheduled to feature works by each of its represented artists,
including Linda Skrolys, Nellie Crawford and Margaret Benoit. e
program will showcase an exuberant mix of painting, sculpture
and glass. Kathryn, who is the daughter of gallery owner and arts
ambassador Marlene Stafford, says she already has exhibitions
booked into 2012. e first solo show will open on July 22 with a
collection by Perth-born painter Diana Watson. Gallows Gallery,
53 Glyde Street, Mosman Park, 0417 172 815, gallowsgallery.com.
Jean-Marc Rivalland's award-winning sculpture
Breaking Wave is constructed from the same material
as water tanks. (below) Good noose: Kathryn Sta ord
is reopening the Gallows Gallery this June.
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