Art re­calls child­hood whimsy and fun times

Sculp­tor’s squishy red pipe work cap­tures imag­i­na­tion

Chinchilla News - - NEWS - Madi­son Watt Madi­son.Watt@chin­chillanews.com.au

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.

PHOTO: JODIE WIL­LIAMS

PLAS­TIC FAN­TAS­TIC: Gold Coast artist Erika Gray set­ting up her ex­hi­bi­tion Pipe Dreams La­pun­yah Art Gallery. at the

PHOTO: MADI­SON WATT

Gail Tay­lor and He­len Den­nis at the Pipe Dreams ex­hi­bi­tion.

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