Statement: Tom envisions the shopfront as a home for a flock of larger-than-life whimsical birds inspired by the local birdlife from the snowy mountains area. The birds are constructed with found objects sourced from roadsides, tip-shops and op-shops of the local area. Constructed with pipes, irrigation tubing, discarded wood, fabrics, tennis rackets, discarded road signs and papier-mache, the artist imagines that these quirky and unusual birds will bring some life and some cheer to the street and celebrate the native birdlife of the area.
Biography: Tom Buckland is an artist who deals in a correspondence of imaginary worlds. He creates work heavily influenced by his own fascination with science fiction and fantasy, topped off with a refined joyful absurdism. He takes enjoyment in transporting his audience to other dimensions across space and time. In 2015, Tom graduated from the ANU School of Art with a BVA (hons) and was the recipient of the John and Elizabeth Baker Honours scholarship and the Canberra Contemporary Art Space graduate award. Tom has exhibited nationally and internationally and in 2021 was the recipient of the Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi Clitheroe Foundation emerging artist mentorship.
Materials used: Steel, wood, cardboard, found objects.
This Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund project is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and the New South Wales Government under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.