SCULPTOR Andrea Vinkovic likes to be outside her comfort zone by taking something “infinitely small” and “seemingly insignificant” to create thought-evoking pieces of a large magnitude.
The Lesmurdie resident’s latest work, Seed, was inspired by microscopic images of pollens and seeds as well as the configurations of bubbles, and yet stands as tall as her.
Vinkovic, who will exhibit Seed at Cottesloe’s Sculpture by the Sea, said the metal framed sculpture with textured ceramic tiles was symbolic of something microscopic being the starting point for something greater.
“Seed continues the exploration of the infinitely small, microscopic and seemingly insignificant, and at the same time explores the symbolism of the seed as the nucleus, the essence of being, the creative starting point and the potential for renewal,” she said.
“Lights incorporated into the sculpture are reminiscent of the neurons firing in the brain.
“Seed can be viewed as a ‘thought bauble’, ‘seed of an idea’, a metaphor for the creative process.”
The ceramic artist, with 23 years’ experience, said the creative process for Seed had taken “too many hours to count”.
Vinkovic said it had taken her about three months spread over a six-month period so far, and it still wasn’t finished.
“This time I’m incorporating other materials – LED lights and acrylic which are challenging,” she said.
“I’m not familiar with the materials so I have to test and experiment, but that is the interesting part.
“Every sculpture takes me a step or two outside the comfort zone, into the uncharted territory.”
This will be Vinkovic’s fourth Cottesloe Sculpture by the Sea and this year she wanted viewers to “discover the various layers of the work that speak to them, enjoy it and perhaps be inspired by it, the way we are touched by the beautiful tree, shell on the beach, or the erratic flutter of the butterfly.”
The 14th Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Cottesloe runs from March 2-19.