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INTERACTIVE SCULPTURE PROJECT

Clancy Warner is a full-time, professional, award-winning sculptor whose art practice strongly reflects her

views on the world, including themes with a political or social justice edge and representations of animals

and nature. She uses sustainable and re-claimed materials as often as possible to help reduce the impact on

the environment and support her personal ethic of reflecting the interconnectedness of all things. Clancy has

resided on the Fleurieu Peninsula for the last two and a half years and is looking forward to creating more

significant works of art for the area.

My ethos for creating art in the public realm is to create long-lasting artworks that reflect, stimulate,

challenge, enhance and engage the community in which the artwork will reside. Public art is essential

within communities; it creates a sense of belonging and pride, shared ownership and shared experience. It crosses over boundaries of privilege and socio-economic status, as well as ethnicity, gender and age. It has the ability to challenge perceptions and ideas.

 

This is my [....] my design, fabrication and installation of an Encounter Celebrations interpretive sculpture at a location on the Southern Fleurieu Coast. Although I myself am not aNgarrindjeri/Ramindjeri artist, I have worked and collaborated with a number of South Australian

First Nations artists, including several projects with Elizabeth Close (Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara). I am currently developing a Kaurna public art project with artist Carly Dodd (Kaurna, Narungga, Ngarrindjeri) and exhibiting alongside Aunty Ellen Trevorrow (a Ngarrindjeri Elder) at Murray Bridge Regional Gallery. On the 9th of April I met with Ngarrindjeri Elder, Aunty Ellen Trevorrow, to discuss the Encounter Celebrations interpretive sculpture and she has agreed to become a collaborator with me on this project.

 

The sculpture that I would like to make for this project will reference the 8 April 1802 meeting between

British navigator Matthew Flinders and French navigator Nicolas Baudin, and their crews, and incorporate aspects of the subsequent mapping and naming of the southern coast. Specific points of

emphasis would include the areas populated by the Ngarrindjeri, in particular the lower Murray River,

the Lower Lakes and the Coorong. The inclusion of these aspects is intended not only to reflect the continual and ongoing relationship of First Nations people to the area but also reference the suggested

witnessing of the famous meeting between Baudin and Flinders by the Ngarrindjeri. This will raise

awareness and encourage further appreciation of the significance of that meeting of three cultures:

British, French, and First Nations Ramindjeri/Ngarrindjeri.

The Victor Harbor Council has approved the location of the sculpture on Warland Reserve.

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