A big congratulations to Sonia Payes, winner of the $30,000 McClelland Achievement Prize at the McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award. As part of the prize, she will be holding a solo exhibition at McClelland Gallery+Sculpture Park in 2016.
I wanted to challenge myself as an artist and discover new ways of creating an extension of the two-dimensional photograph – from the wall to the moving image and now into three-dimensional work.
Looking back, I can see that Re:Generation had its genesis in Insomnia #1 from 2007, an early series in which thousands of photographs of my daughter’s head were morphed into a moving image. Since then, technological advances have provided the means to further develop these ideas through three-dimensional animations and 3D printing into full sculptural form.
The imagery of a four-faced goddess featured in my recent exhibition Interzone. Thematically, this series of works was concerned with environmental destruction and the creation of a new humanity to regenerate the land. Re:Generation is a monumental embodiment of this theme.
On an art residency in China in 2012, I witnessed first-hand mountains being quarried out of existence to make cement dust, which in turn is then used to create endless rows of high-rise towers in new cities. I have chosen to look at this destruction as part of the cycle of creation and regeneration. I envisage a future world where a new breed of all-knowing humanity will have both foresight and hindsight, benevolence and power. They will rise from the earth, like corn, and populate a new era.
Re:Generation is a homage to my daughters and all children born to future generations.