No need to WAIT for artist

Western Suburbs Weekly - - WeeklyLife - TANYA MACNAUGHTON Tanya Macnaughton

NORTH Fremantle artist cou­ple Anne Neil and Steve Tep­per are a dou­ble act when it comes to rais­ing their chil­dren.

So when they adopted their daugh­ter from China 10 years ago, the sculp­tors made a pact only one of them would ex­hibit at Sculp­ture by the Sea in Cottes­loe at a time.

“My hus­band has been in Sculp­ture by the Sea quite a few times,” Neil said.

“Last year when the ap­pli­ca­tions came out, I had an idea and had wanted to make this piece for a while.

“I said to Steve un­less he had some­thing he des­per­ately wanted to make, it was my turn.”

Neil’s art­work, Mur­mur, is a 2.5m by 2m sculp­ture made from one of her favourite ma­te­ri­als – ma­rine-grade alu­minium – and she spent sev­eral months work­ing on it af­ter re­ceiv­ing spon­sor­ship from Capral Alu­minium.

“The sculp­ture is re­ally in­spired by liv­ing by the sea,” Neil said.

“It’s a shell-like struc­ture without be­ing a shell. It has a mur­mur that says ‘I’m of the sea, but I’m not a shell’; it’s an ab­stract form.

“I’d like peo­ple to feel a sense of de­light when they look at the form and that it re­minds them of the sea or a shell. But if noth­ing else, they look at the piece and feel a sense of joy from the ab­stract work.”

Neil has felt her own per­sonal sense of joy from the work af­ter the news that it had al­ready been ac­quired by Pre­mier Colin Bar­nett to be do­nated to Curtin Univer­sity for its 50th an­niver­sary, which is where she trained in jew­ellery and ce­ram­ics be­fore study­ing sculp­ture at Aus­tralian Na­tional Univer­sity in Can­berra.

“I’m over­joyed be­cause I went to WAIT, which is now Curtin Univer­sity,” she said. “So for me it’s not just about the pre-sale of the piece but it’s go­ing to the place where I had my art foun­da­tion, which is ab­so­lutely gob­s­mack­ingly ex­cit­ing.

“The Sculp­ture by the Sea staff are fan­tas­tic. What a re­mark­able team that they start the ball rolling even be­fore the show opens to see what po­ten­tial buy­ers might be avail­able.”

Neil said she looked for­ward to see­ing the sculp­tures by more than 70 artists from around the world dur­ing the 13th an­nual Sculp­ture by the Sea at Cottes­loe Beach from March 3-20.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d465739

Sculp­ture by the Sea artist Anne Neil with her dog Peppy on her piece Mur­mur.

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