You Me Us
You Me Us in the first instance is a highly contemplative abstraction about human relationships. It serves to personify the harmony and emotional connectivity within a relationship. Additionally, it serves to entangle the observer into this relationship through empathic contemplation.
I was inspired to create this much larger version during an exhibition of the small version.
It was during the day at an exhibition in Maleny, Queensland, that an old bloke very much took to the piece. I’d never met the guy before and didn’t know who he was He stood there for what seemed like 15 minutes, which is quite a while. Anyway, after a while he turned around and walked up to me. He put his hand on my shoulder and said “So simple yet so effective, well done”. And that was that.
So I embarked on the epic mission to get the wood and make this piece. The wood is Small Leafed Red Iron Bark, and it is heavy. Before I started, that one single piece weighed about 500kg. Being on my own, the hardest part was moving it. One definitely has to adopt some ancient methods of moving large monolithic things like this.
You Me Us now sits close to the front fence of my old place at Wolvi.