Photograph courtesy of the artist.
Sometimes I seek out works of art and other times a little invitation appears in my inbox, drawing me in to the ‘next big thing’. This one came via Heide Museum of Modern Art, letting me know of a recently installed work by Wona Bae created specifically for their oh so gorgeous garden. It’s made from bundles and bundles of cork sticks cleverly wound together to form giant ‘rolling’ shapes, titled Pebbles. I couldn’t wait to share it with you.
I love the pared down simplicity of this work. Like minimal music it repeats and repeats a shape/phrase, altering it ever so slightly, thereby lending a meditative almost spiritual quality to the work. The voids invite the observer to look beyond the sculpture to the views it frames. You’ll be tempted to touch it, to wonder how it’s been constructed and of course to delight in the artist’s endeavour. I wasn’t surprised to hear Wona admit that as far as she’s concerned “less is more”.
Wona won the 2011 Heide Sculpture Park Installation Award. (One of the awards associated with the Yering Station Sculpture Prize.) Heide was so impressed by her work that they commissioned this installation and positioned it near Heide I.
I had the great pleasure of meeting up with Wona in Brunswick Street recently and enjoyed a coffee and delicate little French cake at Madame Sousou (click on the link and you’ll swear you’re in Paris), ostensibly to discuss her work in general and this piece in particular. Madame Sousou is just down the road from Flowers Vasette where Wona works when she’s not creating the ‘next big thing’.
It seems perfectly natural that she’s a florist, given the organic nature of her work. She has trained and worked with some of the world’s best florists, Ursula Wegener and Peter Assmann among them. It was Ursula Wegener who taught Wona the art of organic natural construction.
Andy Goldsworthy is an obvious influence.
You can see Wona’s work at Heide for the next few months.
Just in case you missed her 2011 Yering Station sculpture…here it is again
My thanks to Wona for her assistance with this post, for introducing me to Madame Sousou and for making sublime sculptures that sit in perfect harmony with the natural world.