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(156) Simon Bowland - SAK Bird - Beaks are birds knives and forks
Aesthetically this work draws on my love of street art and its ability to directly engage with the public, providing an artistic outlet for unfiltered critical statements. Having sourced the initial inspiration of “beaks are birds’ knives and forks” from a 1950’s encyclopedia edited by Enid Blyton, I tried to imagine how an artist might have been inspired to project this outlook into the future from that point in time. Using this as a starting point, I was inspired to reference that era’s enthusiastic certainty in relation to knowledge and research. A feeling that flowed through to popular culture of the time, that man was capable of discovering all knowledge of science and nature. I explored reasoning such as, if beaks can operate as utensils then could they evolve into a multi-purpose tool or utensil at some point in time. Looking back from today’s perspective, that certainty feels like an antiquated absurdity.
I am an independent visual artist/designer whose practice is situated at the intersection of sculpture, illustration and digital technology. I make my art to engage, inspire and am always looking for new and interesting ways to explore timeless, universal truths
Initially I graduated from a Bachelor of Arts (Industrial Design) at Newcastle University, NSW. Completing an MFA in Production at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in Melbourne in April this year (2020).
I have exhibited works in a range of independently run group shows across Melbourne since 2005. This has included mediums such as clay sculpting, metal and resin casting, paper sculpture, timber concept furniture, illustration and digital projection. My freelance work spans a variety of roles, from design assistant in the ceremonies department for the 2006 Commonwealth Games to set design with independent theatre and performance groups, and emerging visual artist. My articulated, scale model of Dan Potra’s ‘Flying Tram’ for the 2006 Commonwealth games, is held in the Museums Victoria collection.
Nominated for a City of Newcastle Drama Award (CONDA) for Set design, during the final year of my undergraduate degree, I have maintained a strong connection with the performing arts. Choosing to focus this passionate connection in the area of visual art for low-budget productions and the opportunities being offered by accessible digital technology.
Ultimately, I am about creating accessible works. That motivate a curiosity within the audience to learn more about the concept/s behind them.
Simon was supplied with the following page from Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge Encyclopedia:
Birds and their ways
Beaks are Birds Knives and Forks