Corten steel, enamel paint
148 x 116 x 222cm
A salute to the untiring work of our volunteer RFS during the 2019/20 Black Summer.
Driving through the vast areas of burnt bushland on the south coast of NSW reveals that previously smoldering trees now display wisps of luminous regrowth. Through resilient steel sculpture I explore the tenacity of life forms to resist the environmental threats of the 21st century, while gentle curves reflect the fragile beauty of the natural environment.
While studying for her Bachelor of Creative Arts at University of Wollongong (2019), Wil Edwards-Franchimon merged developing metalwork skills with environmental research to draw attention to our diminishing environment. She furthered her metalwork skills through both TAFE and National Art School. The combination of the strength and malleability of steel help represent the tenacity now required to restore environmental balance.
Since graduating Wil has exhibited at Hazelhurst Gallery Gymea, Balmain Space and held her first solo exhibition at The SHAC Gallery, Robertson in 2021. She has also participated in outdoor exhibitions including North Sydney Art Prize, Harbour Sculpture, Sculptures in the Garden Mudgee, The Chan Wollongong, and Sculpture Bermagui. She won the Emerging Artist (Outdoor) Sculpture Award at Sculpture for Clyde 2023, and The Peoples Choice Award at both Harbour Sculpture and SeeChange Arts Festival 2020. She has secured regular sales and commisions, placing her sculptures in various private collections across Sydney, regional NSW and Victoria.
Working from her recently constructed studio on their bushland property near Jervis Bay NSW, Wil’s growing collection of metal working equipment assists her hand production of sculptures intended to encourage the viewer to strive for the reinstatement of our natural environment.
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