JAMIE NORTH - SCULPTURE
JAMIE NORTH - CONTEMPORARY SCULPTURE
“Terraforming is the deliberate manipulation of an environment to make it capable of sustaining life.”
Comprised of multiple forms of cement, marble waste, limestone, steel slag and coal ash as sculptural materials, inhabited by a complex mix of plant species native to the east coast of Australia.
Jamie North’s totems are a study of the build environment versus flora. Poetic symbols of organic structures in stark contrast to humankind’s everlasting industrialisation. Jamie North started his profession as a photographer but his obsession with native plants and their survival in somewhat hostile environments soon started to manifest into different mediums. Slag, the by-product of steel production in North’s hometown of Newcastle creates the charcoal honeycomb aggregate distinctive in the body of his concrete totems. Broken down over time they become food for their guests, nutritious like volcanic ash. Spellbinding, there is something reminiscent of the Japanese art of ikebana or bonsai in the quiet harmony of these lyrical statues.