Susan Dinkelacker


Susan Dinkelacker

What inspires your art practice?
I love to sculpt birds and the human form. As someone who has flown professionally all my life, I am at home in the sky and feel I have an affinity with birds. The creative energy that courses through me when I sculpt is one of my greatest pleasures. My sculptures have a positive message and are designed to delight.

What materials do you work in?
Wood or wax resulting in bronze.

Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
The Hand Holding Young Kiwi sculpture was inspired by a photograph of a one-year-old kiwi chick being cradled by the gentle Robert Webb of the Bird Recovery Centre. This form honours the work done by those who heal, protect, and reintroduce kiwi back into the wild. Originally hand carved in Totara timber before being cast into bronze, it is one of a limited edition of nine. This sculpture has a nurturing message, which resonates with the public. Ten percent of the artist price will be donated to the Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZSOS?
In the Whangarei region, predominantly at the Gallery Helena Bay.

Where did you study?
Self taught

Sculptures by Susan Dinkelacker

NZ Sculpture OnShore Returns 2021

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