is a screen that is intended to have multiple uses and to be characterised
by its versatility. Its footprint depends on how it is used and what shape
it is given.
It is constructed from Jarrah,
stainless steel, and rubber. Various size strips of timber are assembled in
a random manner and threaded on to the stainless steel cable and tensioned.
This creates a free standing, endlessly variable organic form.
Initially inspired by the
natural beauty of a stand of gum trees but also echoing the ubiquitous
man-made stock control system, I have sought in the ‘Barcode’ screen to
effectively contrast positive and negative space. The structured randomness
reflects both sources of inspiration, while the lineal strength of the
piece’s vertical form contrasts with the organic curve of its footprint.
One of the things that I like
about the piece is that it takes something that has become so commonplace so
as to be almost invisible. By manipulating the scale, I am able to
demonstrate a beauty that otherwise would go unnoticed.
When while trying to solve the
construction issues I had imagined using tambours and canvas, and perhaps
metal tracks for the shape. The more I thought about it the more complex it
became. With a bit of time and clarity of thought I realised I needed to
pare it back to its essential components for the piece to work. The solution
seemed obvious in hindsight, but sometimes this process is necessary.
I like to design things that
are appealing on different levels. They need to be beautiful, useful, and
perform the task for which they were designed . I aim to design pieces that
people will enjoy relating to and using. The ‘Barcode’ screen reflects this