Tui Slater Conceptual Artist


Hand me Down 2006

Hand me Down Sculpture

Art Form Sculpture
Theme New Zealand Landscape
Materials Wood, staples, Onduline (recycled building product),
Size 9 x 25.5 x 15(cm)

This work is about the footprint we make during our lifetime. We are influenced by tradition, what is passed on to us by our parents, and ancestors, and what we gather along the way when we come to build our home, all has a bearing on the decisions we make. This sculpture is made of plain, unvarnished wood, roofing materials and holding the construction together are staples.

Inspiration came from traditional Japanese aesthetics. At times I wonder if I was born in the wrong era, as I love to clop about in platforms, and had a pair of “wooden Jandals” when I was a child. (Jandal - A sandal, flip-flop or thong, made of rubber. It is trademarked in New Zealand, and seen as an icon of summer).

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I am lucky to live in a place where I can walk for miles and miles on grass and I can't see or hear my neighbours, but what if you don't or can't live in remote areas, but want to, if you have no choice? There is always choice, but it is not always a preferred choice.

My sculpture looks at where we could be headed depending on the choices we make, with the options available to us at the time. Or maybe it is about global warming, coming together.

NB: Building materials were expensive and in short supply after World War II Europe. Onduline was developed in France from that need. It is an extremely tough, but lightweight corrugated roofing and wall cladding material, manufactured from organic fibres saturated with bitumen under intense pressure and heat.

Onduline: "Environmentally friendly, Rust and corrosion free, Rot & fungus resistant, Easy to handle, Curves naturally"

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