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Future Relief by Maddie Sharrock

  • School House Studios 81 Rupert Street Collingwood, VIC, 3066 Australia (map)

Exhibition Summary
Maddie Sharrock’s bold new solo exhibition presents a modernistic
reimagining of ancient relief sculptures, injecting new life into a traditional
art form.
The show marks the beginning of the experienced sculptor’s transition from
commercial art production to a platform of “art for art’s sake”, with a focus
on the individual process and meaning of each work. Maddie brings the basic
materials and processes used in her commercial business Studio Twocan and
adds Computer Aided Design to the mix, along with a fresh artistic vision.
Future Relief focuses on a unique revision of traditional relief designs,
referencing ancient motifs and symbols within modern and daring
sculptural forms. Maddie’s new collection experiments with balance,
contrast and repetition; a number of the pieces are presented in contrasting
pairs, presenting either opposing or harmonious forces depending on the
viewer’s personal translation of the work. The minimalist approach to form
leaves much to the imagination, however Maddie’s bold style and earthy
colourscapes are a heavy presence throughout. Thematic explorations of the
human form and the cycle of life and death are hinted at but ultimately left
open to interpretation.
Much of the inspiration for Future Relief came from Maddie’s 2016 trip to
New York during which she became fascinated with sculptural works in the
city’s famous galleries. She says “Visiting The Met, I studied works of ancient
craftsmen and compared them against 21st Century works by sculptors like
Barbara Hepworth and Constantin Brancusi at the The Museum of
Modern Art.”
The exhibition aims to blend and revise facets of both these contrasting
styles and arrive at an unlikely new paradigm using modern design
technologies. The result is a collection of work that calls to mind artefacts
from an abandoned space colony: both futuristic and historical in nature.
Recently Maddie has developed an unconventional process of sculpting
using CAD software linked to CNC (Computer Numerical Control)
machines. The affordable and reusable CNC routers cut precise CAD
designs into polystyrene moulds, which are then poured with concrete and
set. Imperfections and seamlines are left as evidence of the process, but
Maddie’s choice to layer bold colours over the concrete leads the viewer to
stand back and take the work in as a whole.
Presented at Schoolhouse Studio’s Long Division Gallery, Future Relief
launches on Thursday 14th September and runs for two weeks during
business hours. Join Maddie and friends on the evening of the 14th for drinks
and nibbles to celebrate this exciting new phase in her career.

Earlier Event: September 9
The Melbourne designer Sale
Later Event: September 15
Melbourne Fringe Festival