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Prow

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I had been looking at a variety of forms on art History and a carved prow of a Viking ship was one of the forms viewed. I also had done an exhibition based on New Zealand forms in past years and in my sketch book was a form that I had not developed fully. When I re- sketched the shape ready for construction the shape and size suggested to me the prow I had seen. The use of the plasma cut off-cuts for one side suggests the intricate carving of the original piece. To follow that up with the other side being “solid” and made from closely welded panels also suggests links to more modern ship building techniques and the use of the two sides means the piece cant be easily summed up from a one sided viewing. I love the use of recycled material and the element of chance in the shapes used creates all sorts of unplanned interactions.

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