With a deep respect for the environment, Jan Learmonth constructs her artworks using natural materials. Found melaleuca sticks provide the basic structure for her sculptures in combination with other raw elements such as metal, clay and cotton.
This practice of working in tandem with nature gives Learmonth’s works an ephemeral quality, like they might disintegrate at any moment.
The boat is a repetitive motif throughout the works. Upon closer inspection however, these are no ordinary boats; the presence of wheels suggests these vessels are destined for diverse spaces and situations, voyages beyond traditional journeys on water.
Image: Journey On by Jan Learmonth, 2011, Wood, metal, cotton, 25mm x 47mm x 310mm. Photo by Tim Gresham