Kaylia McGarry Matthew Flinders Anglican College (Buderim)
Obsolescence Sculpture
Set of 3 assemblage sculptures with video projection and sound


Obsolescence confronts materialism and disposal of electronic technology - provoking the environmental consequences caused by this compulsive ritual. The three sculptures assimilate parallels between consumerism, natural decay and rebirth. They flourish amongst an underwater atmosphere, as water catalyses decay. The anatomy of deformed electronics contrasts the organic tree branches as fragile mushroom stems. Mushrooms grow from decay, a symbol of regeneration, protruding in erratic formations. The absence of colour accentuates intricate details, unifying each component and expressing the ominous conceptual nature. These sculptures reflect irony on its concept, as man-made materials can’t decompose like organic matter.


These sculptures were formed from fragments of electronics; disassembled, reassembled and unified by black spray paint. Components were assembled based on balancing weight, supported by wire, styrofoam and hot glue. Whilst seemingly surreal and nightmarish, the audience gain familiarity with recognisable elements like mushrooms. They symbolise the transition between decay and regeneration. The fungus could be interpreted as a metaphor for obsolescence infecting technology through time, growing upon their inevitable riddance. Projector lighting creates shadows of shapes displayed on the blackened background. Shadows enhance depth and detail while adding to the installation’s eerie atmosphere.


Kaylia McGarry

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