Senini Art Prize Finalist
Cherish Precious Treasure
To coincide with the 20th anniversary of the first Toolangi Sculpture Trail, Ali was selected as one of 12 sculptors to participate in an artists residency in Toolangi Victoria, Australia. The artists spent 14 days living and working together in the Toolangi State Forest, to produce new sculptures for the Toolangi Sculpture Trail. Made predominately from materials found in the surrounding bush, the sculptures now reside,and are on show, until they are overtaken by nature.
‘Precious’ is Ali’s response to the Toolangi Forest and wider environmental issues.
Made from paper, barbed wire and memories, ‘Take Note’ is a series of nest like sculptures using memories of objects that no longer exist.
As a response to the loss of the family home of Black Saturday, Ali manically wrote down memories attached to objects lost. This seemed like a good way to preserve those memories, as the objects that were lost can no longer be be the catalyst to ‘remember’.
‘Memories of childhood’ is a wire armature on which passersby are asked to write a childhood memory on a tag and tie it to the bear.
When complete the tags make up the fabric of the bear, just as memories make us who we are.
Rolled out at the 2012 Yarra Valley Open Studios, it sparked conversation amongst visitors as they left the studio, (usually with smiles on their faces,) as they had recalled a childhood memory. They then proceeded to tell their partner, friend the memory. It was a lovely exchange to watch.
In a shopping environment, this action and interaction is a gentle reminder to consumers of what is important in life. This is part of the ‘Life Not Stuff/accumulation of stuff’ series that has informed Ali’s artwork since the ‘Black Saturday’ bush fires of 2009.
Maquette for Yarra Ranges Black Saturday Bush Fire Memorial for McKenzie Reserve, Yarra Glen.
Brief: to create a Bush fire Memorial for Yarra Ranges.
It aimed to provide a reflective place for the community who experienced the day and its aftermath and future generations and visitors.
A place of transformation… a 4.5 metre cocoon shape, made from ribbons of steel. Each ribbon would have memories etched onto it. Crystals represent lives lost. The community would have the opportunity to place a burnt object inside. Pieces of molten glass represent each Emergency services groups.
‘Surrounded’ – Healesville Memorial Seat
Commissioned by Yarra Ranges Council to create a Memorial seat in Queen’s Park, Healesville as a place of reflection in response to the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires. It aimed to provide a place of reflection for the community to acknowledge the trauma of a town surrounded by fire.
A 3.5 metre semi-circular seating area, made from gold plated metal. Words direct from the community reflected sentiments of an emotional and traumatic time, are laser cut through the seat. The cut out words produce shadows on the ground, which dance with the dappled sunlight through the trees in this beautiful park.
The seat was made from steel, and included community’s responses to the statements ‘I will always remember’, and ‘I never want to forget’. Completed November, 2013.
Passionate about sculpture, Ali has been involved in several public sculpture projects.
Her most recent work ‘Precious’ is now part of the Toolangi Sculpture Trail. She has been a finalist in the Yering Sculpture prize, the Senini Art Prize for sculpture, the Burinja Climate Change Biennale and the Toolangi Sculpture Trail to name a few.
Her work also includes smaller sculpture, interactive works and assemblage.
SAFE – Community Spirit exhibition, 2018
Decommissioned Fire Hose, gold leaf, clamps.
Cherish Precious Treasure – Senini Art Prize, McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery, 2017
Plastic Bags, gold leaf, charcoal.
Precious – The Memo Gallery 2107
Resin, gold leaf.