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Mel Esam

Artwork Title: 

Whale

Materials:

Limestone, Driftwood, Plastics and Glass Beads

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Artist Statement:

This artwork includes limestone offcuts from a house build, driftwood that was previously a table number holder at a wedding, pallet strapping, baling twine, vintage glass beads from broken jewellery and found beach objects. I used the strapping and the twine as I see so much of it in my daily life and have wanted to do something different with it.

 

This piece symbolises to me how much waste is in the ocean and the wildlife we are harming and that even the unlikeliest bits of potential rubbish can become something beautiful. 

Artwork Title:

Weathered Yawp

 

Materials:

Limestone

Artist Statement:

The piece is made from limestone from a very old fence in Chute Street. The stone is hugely weathered which is what I adore about it, yet it can still be made into a piece to be pondered upon, it doesn't need to be thrown away...not everything needs to be perfect or appealing,  it just needs to make you feel something.

Artwork Title:

Picassiette Owl

 

Materials:

Limestone, Broken Crockery

 

Artist Statement:

This piece is made from limestone offcuts and broken crockery destined for the bin. This artwork shows how broken things can have purpose.  I like to think about all the options for broken items before sending to landfill and mosaicking is the perfect solution for all the plates I drop!

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ARTIST BIOGRAPHY:

Melissa Esam is a Mount Gambier based, self-taught carver of limestone. She started carving in 2010 at the age of 37 after trying many other art forms and not enjoying them at all. She has pieces in many parts of the world including China, India, Holland, Scotland, England and Finland.

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