Sunday, 8 June 2008

Growth Versus Progress

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Growth Versus Progress
mixed media, customised chess set
30 x 30 x variable

An exploration of materials. Both sides dual on a map of the world. The red side represents Growth and is customised using only natural, organic materials such as mother of pearl from abalone, bone, feathers from a pet Eclectus parrot, fish quills, dried plants and insect parts, shells, and assorted gum nuts. The black side represents Progress and is customised in a steampunk style using various toy, jewellery, optical and watch parts in plastic, metal and glass.

Progress was made before Growth, so Growth was designed to be a natural reflection of Progress. The pieces' designs are indicative of the way they move around the board and in the case of the King and Queen, show their relationship to each other. Since the Queen is able to move in all directions, elements of all the other pieces are incorporated into her design.

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Detail; Progress.

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Detail; a pawn and knight from Growth. All of the collected feathers were shed naturally, and trimmed to shape. The knight's eyes are inlaid mother of pearl from an abalone shell, while the horn is beef bone. Borneo and Indonesia are visible on the chess board's map.

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Detail; Queen, King and a rook from Growth from the front. The rook's hopper of 'pearls' is a dried fungus. Papua New Guinea and Australia are visible on the chess board's map.

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Detail; Queen, King and a rook from Growth from the back. The Queen's Elizabeth I inspired, half 'lace collar' is the outer skin of a plant bulb and a carpenter bee's wings.

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Detail; Queen, King and a bishop - ensnaring a coin on a fish hook - from Progress from the front.

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Detail; Queen, King and the other bishop - catching an articulated metal fish - from Progress from the back.

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Detail; knights and a rook from Progress. The knights' assymetrical design reflects their game movement. Both rooks have ground glass, binocular lenses fitted.

Exhibited as part of 2 @ Wunderkammer and Slide Rules have No Place in My Party

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