Inspiration along the shoreline
COWARAMUP artist Elaine Clocherty was completely overwhelmed and quite chuffed when recently hearing the news she was one of three nationwide recipients of this year’s Helen Lempriere Scholarships presented to Sculpture by the Sea artists.
“I was actually travelling north of Kalgoorlie and there was an email from the director David Handley saying he had been trying to contact me with some good news,” Clocherty said.
“I thought ‘well David Handley doesn’t call you every day’. It was fantastic.”
The Helen Lempriere Scholarship awards $30,000 to artists for further artistic development and Clocherty said she would use her funding to travel to Europe next May, where she has been accepted to exhibit at Sculpture by the Sea in Aarhus, Denmark.
This year was the second time the sitespecific environmental artist had exhibited at Cottesloe, with her work overnight referencing the large amounts of seaweed that washed up on Cottesloe Beach in October, 2012.
She will follow this up at Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi in October with Gamma-Gamma-Storm, another seaweed-based installation.
“I love to be able to relate my work to the public and create a dialogue with them,” Clocherty said.
“My work is site specific, so it’s all relating to the space. I’m not just making it separately to the place, I’m making it about the place and discovering both online and in situ how to create the work so that it’s really sitting in the landscape and part of the story.”
The 11th annual Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe is from March 6 to 22 next year.
Elaine Clocherty’s site-specific environmental installation, overnight, at this year’s Sculpture by the Sea in Cottesloe.