Thursday, June 4, 2009

Come and see.....Penny Byrne (and your eyes will pop out of your head!)

Artist: Penny Byrne
Title: If only Gay Sex caused Global Warming mused Mother Earth
Date: 2007
Materials: vintage ceramic figure group, tacks, lead, metal nails, epoxy resin, epoxy putty, plastic, re-touching medium, powder pigments.
Size: 80 x 40 x 40cm
Photographer: Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan + Strumpf Fine Art
Private Collection.

This eye-popping piece is created by Australian artist Penny Byrne. Mild mannered art conservator by day Penny becomes destroyer/creator of Dresden figurines, myths, ballerinas and governments by night as she uses the tools of her trade to create these wicked, funny sculptures.

Penny Byrne, George and Laura simply adore the War on Terror

Byrne uses originals beyond repair but her conservation background kicks in when it comes to her creations "I won't destroy important decorative art," she says. "But the vintage ones, which are poor copies of the original, I think they're just asking for trouble." (from an article by Joyce Morgan in the Sydney Morning Herald, March 6, 2007)
I couldn't agree more!

Penny Byrne is part of the "White Heat" exhibition at the Australian Ceramics Triennale.

Curated by Julie Bartholemew "White Heat" explores
"Transformative practices that move beyond the object of utility, often take risks that propel the maker and viewer into unfamiliar territory. The exhibition titled White Heat offers a space for discourses of social, political and cultural concern."

White Heat - Australian Ceramics Association Exhibition
12.06.2009 - 19.07.2009
Manly Art Gallery & Museum - Manly

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