Tide of time and memories dolled up in sculpture: Sculptures by the Sea, Bondi

Wave 2, made of thousands of Barbie dolls and aluminium foil.
Wave 2, made of thousands of Barbie dolls and aluminium foil.

CITY of Stirling resident Annette Thas will show her artwork Wave 2 at Sculptures by the Sea in Bondi from October 22 to November 8.

The Belgian-born artist started sculpting in the 1980s in France in the early 1980s but only recently returned to the art form after working with film and photography.

Wave 2 is a huge three metre high 3D wave form made out of aluminium, covered with thousands of blond Barbie dolls,” she said.

Wave 2 means a lot of different things; it started with the idea of being overwhelmed by childhood memories (dolls).

“It also speaks to issues of over-consumption, stereotyping, genetic manipulation, the idea of ‘beauty’, conformity and fetishisation.”

Ms Thas said she wanted viewers to stop and reflect because everyone has the power to choose how they act.

Ms Thas first exhibited Wave 1 at the Sculptures by the Sea in Cottesloe in 2014.

“In 2015 my sculpture Dame Cockatoo and Entourage was selected for the Sculptures by the Sea Cottesloe, which also included a daily living sculpture performance called Hope,” she said.