SALLY BROWN, CHAR STOOLS (SET OF 3), 2011
SALVAGED EUCALYPT, STAINLESS STEEL, BEESWAX
450(H) x 400(W) x 400(D) mm (EACH, APPROXIMATELY)
These three stools were made individually by hand, with deliberate, subtle differences. Each piece of Eucalpyt was roughly cut to shape, then placed on a fire and carefully turned so that the action of the flames smoothed each piece to shape and hardened the timber. Once cooled, the loose charcoal was removed by wire brushing. The leg structure is made from stainless steel bar and differs from stool to stool.
Sally Brown lives and works in Cygnet, in the South of Tasmania. She produces sculptural and functional objects, often reworking salvaged materials. Sally’s fascination with natural forms and structures she observes in her surrounding environment informs the aesthetics of her practice. This influence emerges in her use of organic forms, natural colours and an emphasis on pattern and texture.
Sally makes all of her work by hand, and the hands-on, crafting process is very important to her. The not-quite-perfect character of a handcrafted object provides for Sally a form of artistic expression, as do the subtle differences and variations that render each piece unique.
“The experimental nature of my work means there are no rules; while I draw on many traditional techniques, the things I am doing are not conventional and I often find myself inventing a process to suit the piece.”
Born: 1982, Tasmania
Training: Bachelor of Fine Art (Furniture) with Honours, University of Tasmania, 2004
Represented: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart; The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart