A tribute to an old friend, made of even older bits and pieces has won the Eurobodalla’s recycled art prize – ReVive 2107.
Moruya’s Susan Bomball and her sculpture, “Bill” claimed the $4000 prize before a packed house at the Mechanic’s Institute.
“I was shocked, there is so much talent in there, I’ve never had people look at my work like this,” Susan says.
Made from reclaimed tools, chains, metal drill bits, and treasures from Council’s kerbside cleanups, Susan’s piece is a memorial to her favourite horse who was 17 years old when he passed away recently.
“Bill was a unique character,” Susan recalls.
“He didn’t like me very much, and he could be a bit of a grump but he was so good with special needs kids or anyone that needed a hug.
“Put a child in front of Bill, and he’d turn into mush,” she says.
Susan’s winning was one of 48 artworks on display at the Mechanics Institute in Moruya as part of National Recycling Week.
“Absolutely splendid” is how Council’s creative arts coordinator Indi Carmichael describes the exhibition.
Indi says the nature of the prize lends itself to playfulness, “The variety of works is impressive,” she says.
“The number of 3D works shows that more and more people are exploring that medium. Sculpture is definitely having a moment.”
Normally a painter, Bill was Susan’s first attempt at welding.
“I saw immediately that I could make art with welding, it’s a very forgiving way to work, you can just break things and reweld it,” Susan says.
Bill seems to have started with the large spanner that makes up his nose.
“In the last year and a half, I’ve really started getting into recycled materials in my art,” she says.
“I’ve got piles of recycled metal and wood – all sorts of things, materials that inspire me.”
Susan laughs that some of the bits and bobs she collects are fought over.
“My friend is always saying – you cant weld that, that’s a great old tool that still works, you can’t buy that anymore,” Susan says.
Many of the works on display at ReVive are for sale but not Bill.
“He’ll have pride of place at home, he’ll sit at the top of the driveway,” Susan says.
“Thank you for the opportunity, this is a great way for people to have a go.”
Now in its sixth year, the ReVive Art Prize will continue as a biennial event in the alternate year to Eurobodalla’s prestigious Basil Sellers Art Prize.
The exhibition wrapped up on Friday (November 17) with the awarding of the $500 People’s Choice Award – Julie Brennan’s corkscrew inspired piece titled, “Threatened Species”.
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