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It’s the art of liv­ing a bal­anced life that drives Adri­enne Ke­nafake.

The health food store em­ployee and as­pir­ing yoga teacher has no plans to be a full-time artist, but she knows that doesn’t mean she can’t cre­ate some­thing great.

Adri­enne won a Na­tional Gallery of Aus­tralia schol­ar­ship and her work has been ex­hib­ited at the Tweed River Gallery and as part of the Queens­land Re­gional Art Awards trav­el­ling ex­hi­bi­tion. But Swell is a new hori­zon. The 21-year-old for­mer South­port High stu­dent used to at­tend the fes­ti­val as a child with her par­ents De­siree and Greg, and brother Daniel in tow.

A 10m-long wo­ven wire tun­nel takes a cer­tain skill to ma­noeu­vre, so this year they’re com­ing back once again as her sup­port crew.

“When I was lit­tle I’d come to Swell and say, ‘Mum I want to do a sculp­ture too’,” Adri­enne says. “The fam­ily will be there again this year – I need help load­ing it all on to the trailer.”

Adri­enne’s pieces, which have been on dis­play since her teens at the Anthea Pol­son gallery in Main Beach, are nor­mally much more mod­est in size.

There’s the fly­ing fox made of hand-dyed silk, vintage thread, wal­laby bones and glass beads and the crea­ture in a sit­ting pose adorned with rat ver­te­brae and Heron Is­land coral.

But the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind Adri­enne’s enor­mous Abo­rig­i­nal dilly bag and Nordic knot-inspired weave tun­nel hit her one day like a face full of salt wa­ter.

“I was wad­ing out into the wa­ter as the sun was ris­ing and there were six to eight other peo­ple there and we were all look­ing out and fac­ing the same thing,” Adri­enne says.

“It made me re­alise we’re all fac­ing the same things in life. The chal­lenges and the beau­ti­ful parts as well. With the tun­nel I just want to make peo­ple stop and look at the ocean.

“It’s the same view our an­ces­tors would have seen for thou­sands or even mil­lions of years.”

The tun­nel, which takes its shape from the sand pump­ing jetty at Main Beach, is Adri­enne’s first en­try into Swell. While she’s ex­cited about the ex­po­sure it will give to her work, she’s still ea­ger to en­sure she main­tains the bal­ance be­tween art and the rest of her life.

“I think it’s im­por­tant I have other in­ter­ests as well be­cause I find the two feed one another,” Adri­enne says.

“I love the peo­ple I meet as part of my job be­cause they fuel my cre­ativ­ity ... and I’m able to be an in­spir­ing per­son at work as well.”

Swell Sculp­ture Fes­ti­val is a free event on the Cur­rumbin beach fore­shore from Septem­ber 11 to 20.

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