art works: 'Change'



Oversized, textured cocoon-like structures using stainless steel metal cloths, textured by twisting, folding, plea ting and stitching. The form occasionally quivers involuntarily as the suspended form is rocked by both internal changes and the forces of the world around it.
The forms are suspended under the spreading branches of a tree. Some are intact; others show the first signs of splitting open, ripe for revelations of the secrets contained within the forms.

The form of a cocoon is understood as a place where transmutation occurs, a seeming miracle, an alchemic change hidden within a quiet, contained form.
The sculpture will elicit thoughts about transformation and change, in both nature and in life.
Do we imagine the inside as writhing and broiling, or is it a quiet contemplative, protected space?


'Change' by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
'Change' by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden


'Change' by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

'Change' by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
'Change' by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
'Change' by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
'Change' by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
'Change' by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
'Change' by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
 The outer surface is intriguing, imprinted in the outer form are both the remnants of the larvae which formed the cocoon and suggestions of the adult which will emerge. The textures and markings for camouflage create a beautiful object in itself, but if we extend our minds a little beyond the immediate reality of the cocoons function for the insect it belongs to, what else do these structures bring to mind? 

'Change' by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
'Change' by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

'Change' by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
'Change' by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

'Change' by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
'Change' by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

'Change' by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden


The question has to be ‘what is on the inside?’ The tension of the moment of splitting open, the anticipation. The mystery of the hidden, what will emerge when the skin splits open? Will it be fabulous or frightening, camouflaged or brilliantly coloured?
Imagine yourself hidden, protected by the cocoon, unseen by the world. What if you could go through a transformation, what changes would you like to happen? 


(And in case you are interested,  they are for sale, NZD$350.00 each)

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