Camille Wiseman began collecting brightly coloured plastic drink container tops because they were ‘cool’.
She had plans of turning them into a giant sculpture, but those plans were scaled back and the tops are now a feature of a series of mini-sculptures called ‘Tin Flowers’ which have been selected to be among the works of 60 acclaimed local, national and international sculptors to be exhibited at artsCape Biennial 2010 at Byron Bay in June.
Not a bad first-time effort from the Bangalow 12-year-old who will be by far the youngest exhibitor.
A Year 7 student at Byron Bay High School, Camille said she had a passion for art and had been painting for about three years.
But when her mother, Kris, saw a story calling for sculptors to submit entries for artsCape, she thought she would give sculpting a go.
“I checked out the web site and found there was no age limit,” she said.
“I had to fill out an application form, describe my work and do an artist’s submission.”
When the email confirmation came back accepting her application, she was ‘bouncing around the room’ according to her father Dave.
“My art teacher didn’t think I would get in,” she said.
“But I did.”
Camille admits she was ‘pretty excited’ at being selected and is looking forward to seeing her work on public exhibition at Clarks Beach in June.
She is aiming to have 30 tin flowers completed for her installation.
The base of her flowers are soft drink cans, cut, shaped and glued into cones which she fills with resin to give them weight. The resin is provided by Broken Head-based prosthesis maker and her dad’s mate, Peter Farrand, who makes Paralympian Marty Mayberry’s artificial legs.
Intricate twisted pieces of wire make up the stems and the tops she has been collecting are the ‘petals’. The flowers are completed with the addition of tiny beads representing seeds.
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