Q + A: Lorry Wedding-Marchioro

INSPIRED BY QUANTUM PHYSICS, THE PLAYFUL KINETIC SCULPTURES OF LORRY WEDDING-MARCHIORO CAN BE ENJOYED EVEN IF YOU DON’T KNOW A DROP ABOUT SCIENCE.

How would you describe what you do to someone who hasn’t seen your art?
I am a sculptor who tries to bring a sense of play into the work I create. Inspired by the quantum physics and the observer effect, I endeavour to imbue my work with the qualities of spontaneity, randomness and fluidity to create sculpture that is playful and interactive in nature.

What is your studio like?
My studio is quite basic – just a large shed – but with the doors wide open I am surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature. Working in this environment provides endless inspiration, watching the wind’s affect on the landscape has been the impetus for my recent kinetic sculpture work.
Often the studio space gets quite hectic. The public art sculptures are large complex pieces often created over several months and when I also have exhibition work to be made at the same time, space is at a premium.

What materials do you use in your work?
Over the years I have developed quite a large toolbox of skills. This means I have access to a wide variety of sculptural techniques and am able to use the most appropriate material to express my ideas.
Recently I have been welding and bending steel to create an artwork for the City of Prospect, South Australia, called Banding Together. This colourful sculpture highlights the many cultural communities that reside in the area. Then, with my current project for the Heysen Sculpture Biennial 2019, I have been experimenting with carbon fibre, which has the qualities of a solid material, being able to be molded into a 3D shape but is amazingly light and strong. This allows me to create seemingly heavy objects that will float in space.

What do you aim to achieve through your art?
I think that, like many artists, I work because it is an essential part of who I am. Although for many years the underlying concept of my sculpture has centered around the observer effect of quantum physics, I don’t believe it is necessary for the viewer to have an understanding of this to enjoy the work. It is my intention that these sculptures inspire a moment of light heartedness. I hope their playful nature gives space to step away from the cares of the world for a moment to contemplate everything or nothing!

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