Stuart Bridson

Stuart Bridson

What inspires your art practice?
I am fascinated by the variety of ways our species relates our feelings and thoughts to our experience of reality. We each curate our philosophies and our histories to form a narrative of our own short individual moment on this planet.

What materials do you work in?
I choose different materials with intrinsic historic values, associations and concepts relating to a real or fictional world I create. I therefore use materials that relate to the concept of the individual sculpture.

Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
These works explore the relationship between the experience of the human species, our environment and the destruction of the planet.
The sculptures are assemblages of stacked parts, each part refers to the history of the material. The rock refers to nature and references our planet
and the totara branches, cast from recycled aluminium cans, symbolise the deforestation of a major carbon sink that has been claimed by consumerism. The concrete structure and car light refer to the inventiveness of humans and at the top of this man-made structure, a vent sucks in air and blows exhaust waste onto the trees and the earth beneath.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZSOS?
Sculpture shows and exhibitions throughout New Zealand.

Where did you study?
Canterbury University

Sculptures by Stuart Bridson

NZ Sculpture OnShore Returns 2021

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