Dramatically sited at the end of the Lorne Pier, Candy Steven’s giant Buddha-like sculpture Now and Then, won the People’s Choice Award. Over 1000 people voted for their favourite work in the award which was sponsored by Cape Otway Lightstation. Stevens wins $5,000 for her popular work.
Candy Stevens, Now and Then. Steel, wire, circuit boards, television, DVD, lights.
Stevens made the sculpture with electronic parts from old television sets and computers collected from the Eaglehawk Eco Centre, where she was artist in residence.
Stevens’ artist statement from the exhibition catalogue states: “Now and Then sits in contemplation reflecting a life once lived and pondering the present and future to come. The artwork questions our sense of self, who we are and what is important to us in a rapidly changing world. It reflects upon western society’s consumer driven influence on our focus and choices, the increasing dependence on technologically driven entertainment, consumerism and technology as new religion, as well as waste management and recycling issues.”
Also from the catalogue: “Central Victorian sculptor and painter, Candy Stevens is currently undertaking a Masters Candidature at La Trobe University with a focus on ephemeral sculpture and public installation. Her work concerns environmental issues and explores aspects of spirituality and identity. Candy is supported by Eaglehawk Eco Centre.”
Candy Stevens, Now and Then (detail).
For more information about Lorne Sculpture 2011 go to www.lornesculpture.com.