Aliesha’s art makes waves


At 20, Ballajura artist Aliesha Mafrici is the youngest artist in this year’s Sculpture by the Sea.
Picture: Andrew Ritchie
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At 20, Ballajura artist Aliesha Mafrici is the youngest artist in this year’s Sculpture by the Sea. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d449502

As the youngest artist in the 12th annual Sculpture by the Sea – from March 4-20 this year – the 20-year-old Edith Cowan University student created the aluminium sculpture in her parents’ garage.

Piece Immersion will be installed in Cottesloe to the left of Indiana on the grass next month.

“As an artist I want to create immersive spaces that pull the audience out from their personal context,” Mafrici said.

“It’s a personal and public experience when you walk in there. The cinematic view of the sky will be in the centre of it.”

Mafrici said the work came about from a uni project where she wanted to create a space in a space.

This resulted in an open cube reflective design – smaller than the current version – that was exhibited in Gomboc Gallery in Middle Swan.

Mafrici’s lecturers and technicians urged her to apply for Sculpture by the Sea and she was “speechless” when accepted.

“I’ve always gone to Sculptures by the Sea as a viewer and to now be exhibiting with all these artists I’ve always admired, it’s incredible,” she said.

The former Chisholm Catholic College and Mary MacKillop Catholic Community Primary School student said her visual art degree “flared up a passion” she had as a child.