Bayswater artist gearing up for Sculptures by the Sea 2018 after winning City of Bayswater art award


Artist Denise Pepper.
Artist Denise Pepper.

A BAYSWATER artist is creating a sculpture with “giant wings” at the Sculptures By The Sea 2018, after she won her first City of Bayswater art award this month.

Denise Pepper won the best sculpture award at the City’s Art Awards and Exhibition held at The RISE in Maylands on November 16 for her textiles-based boat.

Pepper, who has been an artist for more than 10 years, also won the Western Australian Sculptor Scholarship at the Sculptures by the Sea in March 2017 for her sculpture, Leaden Heart.

Pepper said it was hard for sculptures to get recognition due to the high amount of paintings and 2D works at exhibitions.

“I have been working with a textile-based in my art practice whether it be art or whether it is with the copper,” she said.

“For Sculptures by the Sea 2018, I am doing really beautiful, giant, mirror-finished, coloured, stainless steel wings that have a bit of kinetic movement to them.

“I have to learn a completely new material, new work… it is all very different and it has taken a lot of engineering.”

Pepper said she was working on another project for the Stations at the Cross exhibition at Wesley Church in 2018.

She said she was motivated by her “addiction” to art practice.

“I am a real maker… I am not happy unless I am actually making,” she said.

“I think that life without art would be very different and maybe quite a sad life.”

Pepper’s sculpture and other award-winning artworks including open prize winner Nick Mahony’s The Cage, can be viewed at The RISE from 10am to 4pm daily until December 1.

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