BAYSWATER sculptor and reigning WA Sculpture by the Sea scholarship winner Denise Pepper says her interactive and photogenic wings sculpture represents people aspiring for a “better future”.
Pepper took 12 months to complete her Waiting in the wings sculpture for the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition held at Cottesloe Beach from March 2 to 19, which features two separate wings standing apart that are 3.3m tall and weigh about 170kg each.
The sculpture comprises aluminium supplied by Capral Aluminium Solutions, stainless steel, steel fixings and individual, reflective mirror-finished and coloured stainless steel pieces.
The wings’ aluminium substructure is anchored to a base and offset from each other at a height to encourage people to stand or sit between the wings.
Pepper, who works at Edith Cowan University in Mt Lawley as a visual arts and design technician, said she took part in the exhibition seven times and kept on coming up with new concepts and challenges.
“The beach is such a beautiful environment that I wanted to create it as a bit more interactive with the audience,” she said.
“There is a lot of negativity going on, lots of bad news, we are in a political turmoil and we have fear of war.
“As a person, I am reflecting what is the future going to be like for my grandchildren.
“Wings represented that idea of something better for everybody and aspiring for something bigger and better and something peaceful.
“They are very reflective so they allow people to actually look in on themselves.”
Pepper said it would be nice to win the biggest prize but she would like someone to buy the sculpture for their home.
She said she was working on artworks for the 2018 Stations of the Cross at Wesley Church and a group exhibition in Mundaring Arts Centre in September.
“For me, art is my addiction… I am most zen and in a happy place when I am making,” she said.
“I think if I was not making, I probably wouldn’t be this person that I am now.”