Natalie Melissa Papworth

Plaster and steel

An exploration involving contrasting materials that alludes to a narrative of disparity, the exterior angular and gently rounded smooth forms of the bleached pieces are contrasted by the rough interiors that have within a deliberate evidence of the hand made. These are surrounded by the rusted iron spikes, a found material that has been utilised to reference protection of the fragile. These spikes pierce through and protectively surround the forms and extend into the site. A fragile expression of self that tentatively explores the notion that a weed is not worthless as a plant form, rather it is open to the interpretation of the observer. Could it exist purely as a thing of beauty that has aesthetic qualities and inherent characteristics or is it an alien interloper that is growing in a forbidden space?

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