Clarine Wilmar is a multi-disciplinary Melbourne (Naarm) based artist who incorporates sculpture, textiles, painting and mixed media elements into her practice. Hybridity is a key theme explored within her work, focusing on the fusion of different species that are derived from the natural world. The human-nature intersection is depicted through the anthropomorphic elements that are a recurring visual narrative within her body of work. Sustainability is also a strong focus throughout Wilmar’s practice, regularly sourcing second hand clothes or op-shop fabrics to create pieces made from materials with a history, giving them a second life.
"The Glorious Gourd Gang" (2021)
The Glorious Gourd Gang explores the interconnection between human beings and the natural world through anthropomorphic qualities on non-human forms. The mixed media sculptural work captures a scene wherein a large gourd family sit cozily with each other representing the idea of comfort and familiarity.
The array of visual textures from warty and porous firm surfaces to plump and soft fabrics suggests a contrast between what is comforting and what is unsettling. There is a sense of humour that resides within this work particularly through the gourd’s facial expressions, drawing out a number of interpretations through the broad reading of this piece.
The Glorious Gourd Gang interprets the theme of Cozy by exploring a related synonym; comfort, in combination with an antonym; unsettling. The juxtaposition between these two words create a hybrid idea where two opposing ideas collide.
Larger Gourds (sold as a set):
Small Gourds (sold individually)
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