Art recalls childhood whimsy and fun times
Sculptor’s squishy red pipe work captures imagination
THE wonderful and whimsical world of soft sculpture has arrived at Lapunyah Art Gallery, giving viewers a chance to see a mix of modern art techniques and traditional paintings.
Gold Coast artist Erika Gray brought her series of bright red works, Pipe Dreams, as part of a touring exhibition that has already graced the halls of galleries at the Gold Coast, Noosa and Bundaberg.
“The pipes, they went down pretty well with the galleries,” Ms Gray said.
“They liked the white, the contrast, because red is such a unique colour and people always identity it with a certain emotion or image.”
The works, which range from her signature squishy red pipes to full-blown high-fashion pieces, are all in Ms Gray’s favourite colour – red.
“It’s an emotive colour, so that’s one of the reasons why I was drawn to red,” she said.
“A colour that you really do identify with love, or anger too, but I’m going towards the more positive aspects.”
Ms Gray drew on her childhood memories of growing up surrounded by plumbing equipment, as her father was a plumber.
“I had lots of fun decorating the backyard with lots of stuff using plumbing pipes,” she said.
“It was all positive times, it was a good inspiration for the work.
“It’s all about capturing that childhood, the silly and fun things in life.”
People can view Pipe Dreams until August 2.
PLASTIC FANTASTIC: Gold Coast artist Erika Gray setting up her exhibition Pipe Dreams Lapunyah Art Gallery. at the
Gail Taylor and Helen Dennis at the Pipe Dreams exhibition.