Antares Iron Art Garden

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    Antares Iron Art Garden
    Loddon River Ford
    Newstead, VIC 3462
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Inspired by the natural world, I use found objects – iron, stone, wood, bone and glass to create. I love to play with all these materials. I change and reshape them, over and again as I desire. Nothing is fixed.

I have worked with the natural world all my adult life and have created art gardens everywhere I have lived for the past 20 years or more. I began my professional life as a landscape gardener, as an apprentice in the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens, at age 15 and worked for many years designing and landscaping both public and private gardens.

Through building gardens I discovered stonework and in building dry-stone walls, I learnt to play with rocks and realized I could play with anything. I could work with any object, creating patterns and arrangements.

Then, travelling and living in different parts of Australia, SE Asia and India, I believe I was unconsciously inspired and influenced – affected strongly by meeting people with great freedom and creativity.

In my work I gather together broken and discarded objects. Things that haven’t belonged together are united to become a harmonious whole. Sometimes images collide, creating friction and humour. Allowing changes or a frozen moment of shape and form and contrast.

I feel my art can be interpreted and re-interpreted from every angle and in different environments… different seasons. In the changing light, in shadow and full moon or in rain. However you approach the art I make, you will see it change over and over.

Some of my works I name, but my motto is, “what you see is what you see.” You can name them yourself. All my work is open to interpretation. I invite play and entrancement.

I believe there is a place for all the things that others have thrown away, and rejected or outlived. Every object has a soul! I love to lift all these objects upwards in reverence, enjoying their shapes, patterns, textures and energy. Reverence is everything. I feel humbled by the objects I find… or is it that they find me? They speak collectively or singly. I believe my art to be alive and changing and moving – with a life of its own.

I enjoy the energy of shapes and objects and how they affect us. Some are worn thin of a life well used. Others intrigue, with what they have been or what they might be. Transformed again and again, rewarding the imagination.

Where I site my work in the landscape is vitally important to me, gives me pleasure and energizes the artwork, drawing you in – or along and upwards!

I love having fun with my art! It thrills me. As an artist, poverty seems to help me because I have to look closer to what is available – all around me. And there lies an abundance of materials… and magic!

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