ARTWORK DETAILS

Charlotte Orenshaw St Catherine's Catholic College The Whitsundays (Proserpine)
Micro Ecology III - Discordant Harmony Sculpture
Discordant Harmony explores the duality of the natural beauty and insidious pollutants that are found in our oceans.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Discordant Harmony explores the duality of the natural beauty and insidious pollutants that are found in our oceans; such as man-made microfibres. On a microscopic level, these microfibres mimic the form and shape of algae; threatening marine biodiversity. The 3D printed skeleton is an aesthetic visualisation of microfibre filled sewage pipes with suspended coccolith forms. The fractional qualities of light were an important formal display consideration in creating this artwork. The representational motifs convey a deeper message to my audience; that only material that breaks down naturally, should end up in our oceans.

ARTWORK PROCESS

3D printed 'skeleton' tubes were constructed using PLA printing plastic from scale drawn designs. SLA epoxy resin printing plastic was used to construct the 3D printed 'coccoliths' which were held in place with liquid SLA, hardened with a black light. The resin skin was pigmented with alcohol inks; poured out as thin sheets and wrapped around the tubes whilst tacky so that the material sealed to itself without the use of adhesives. LED lights were fitted to the base of the tubes in order to uplight them and cast the required shadows for display.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Charlotte Orenshaw

I love living in The Whitusndays, as I have a great affinity with the ocean, I am at my happiest when sailing on it or swimming in it. My senior studies include Biology, Ancient History and Dance which often inspire my art practice using a broad, eclectic range of media. I love to construct wearable art and I hope to complete work experience in the costume department of the Queensland Ballet in December. I recently enjoyed participating in the Institute of Modern Art's critical writing program for the Art Enquirer Magazine.

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