My practice uses the history or genres of sculpture to make a sculpture readable. As artists and viewers we understand the use of material and the use of form in sculpture and we are comfortable with this type of art. For example, we understand minimalism and we are comfortable with its concepts - ‘less is more’ and so on. However, I find these are somewhat dead forms of art, genres that have happened. We can talk about why an artist would choose this form over that and why its this material and not that material, but this all disappears when you put something as absurd, as distracting as a bright green parrot atop it. Suddenly everything we understand about form and material becomes irrelevant and we begin to question the parrot’s existence. This sculpture becomes nothing more than a mere piece of ‘steel’, perhaps off cuts that have just been tossed aside. The effort that has been made to cut the angles, weld them together and polish the steel becomes meaningless; our attention is completely averted to the parrot.
What I find interesting is when viewers attempt to find a relationship between the parrot and sculpture (steel), perhaps try to find a narrative or connection. The truth is, there is none. So some may ask ‘why is the parrot even there?’ to which can surely be replied with ‘why is the sculpture there?’