Sophie Prendergast

Sophie Prendergast

What inspires your art practice?
My art practice is inspired by nature in all its forms and I am particularly interested
in the impact that man has on the natural environment. My work highlights hidden elements present in solid infrastructure, as well as components of detailed architecture. This emphasises the crossover between man-made construction and natural forms. My sculptural works utilise recycled and found materials.

What materials do you work in?
I mainly use recycled materials salvaged from building sites around Auckland such as weatherboards and floorboards. I repurpose the materials by giving them a new life that would otherwise end up in a landfill. I also use No.8 wire.

Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
The sculpture represents a farm gate and is made from weatherboards and floorboards, this has a direct link to NZ Women’s Refuge as women often feel endangered and trapped in their home environment. The weatherboards represent the house. The no.8 wire wrapped around and through the gate resembles the resilience of nature taking over. Unlike most farm gates this gate is unlocked, there is nothing but fear stopping us from walking through it and leaving the past behind, but sometimes it is much easier said than done.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZSOS?Artspost Hamilton; Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens; New Zealand Sculpture Onshore; Depot ArtSpace, Devonport; Estuary Arts Centre, Orewa.

Where did you study?
Elam Art School (BFA)

Sculptures by Sophie Prendergast

NZ Sculpture OnShore Returns 2021

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