In­spi­ra­tion along the shore­line

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Art - Tanya Macnaughton

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.

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