All posts tagged: sculptor

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Interview: Sayaka Ganz | Artist

Japanese-born artist Sayaka Ganz says she grew up with the Shinto animist belief that everything in the world has a spirit. ‘When I see discarded items on the street or thrift store shelves, I feel a deep sadness for them and am moved to make these abandoned objects happy’. And how happy she makes them! Using this philosophy, she has perfected the art of re-imagining basic household plastic items into incredibly life-like and animated animals and birds. Her goal: to ‘recognise the existing aesthetic values of these objects and assemble them in such a way that highlights the beauty and value that are already there but often overlooked’. Come and meet Sayaka … Tell us a bit about your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today. I was born in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan in 1976. My family moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil when I was nine-years-old and we lived there for almost five years. We went back to Japan when I was thirteen, then moved to Hong Kong when I was seventeen. I graduated from high school in …

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Interview: John Lopez | Sculpture Welded Art

Sculptor John Lopez may be an understated ranch boy at heart but his sculptures are anything but. They are big, bold and magnificent, soaring high into the prairie skies of South Dakota where he was born, raised and still resides. After starting out sculpting in bronze, John soon discovered the appeal of scrap metal which he re-purposes from ranches and uses to create, in the main, ginormous, powerful beasts from buffalo to bison, horses and rhinos. The Friesian horse featured at the top was created from the leftover remains of a valuable collection of John Deere tractors that were burnt in a fire. John says, ‘My friend Kenny Tomac and I dug through the ruins to find so many plow discs that the Friesian ended up with eight, giving it a more unified feel than the other horses in the Grand River Series. I used the hames for the muscles in the neck and hind leg, a pitchfork in the neck, steel scoop shovels for the shoulders, and real horse shoes on the hooves.’ The success of …

'The Waiting Room' by Dana Lundmark

Interview: Dana Lundmark | Sculptor

From befriending the daughter of Picasso’s surgeon to studying with a Polish icon restorer in Krakow, sculptor Dana Lundmark has had some fascinating experiences to make most artists and travellers truly envious. I discovered Dana when I purchased one of her ceramic seagulls at a small gallery in Mosman which now resides, eating its chip, in a planter on my balcony! Curious to find out about its maker, I got in touch with Dana and here’s what I found out about her travels and creative life … Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today. My name is Dana Lundmark. I live on the Northern beaches in Sydney. I have always been interested in art and can remember being very envious of my brother who was and probably still is a better draftsperson than I was, but I never gave up the pursuit of art. I knew that I would follow that path eventually. I have gone from being passionate about painting to being …

Angela's crochet bikinis made from discarded plastic bags

Interview: Angela van Boxtel | Eco-artist

Today’s interviewee is nothing short of passionate about the environment. Sydney-based eco-artist and designer Angela Van Boxtel lives and breathes saving the environment literally one plastic bag at a time. And she doesn’t just help clean up the streets and beaches from the dreaded plastic bag, she also crochets them. Why use yarn when you could use a plastic bag? Not only that but she exhibits her sculptural work, conducts workshops on creating art from rubbish and is an active environmentalist. As she loves telling the kids at her workshops: waste is fun! And how much fun is a crocheted bikini made from discarded plastic bags? Come and meet the vibrant Angela and find out why she’s turning heads with her eco-swimwear … Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today. I’m an eco-artist and designer with a Master’s degree in Media & Communications. I never studied art or design but learned on the go. Before moving to Sydney from Amsterdam, I was …