NZSOS 2018

Java Bentley

What inspires your art practice?
My art practice has revolved around sculptural installation. I am interested in objects that push the boundaries and that can be activated in multiple spheres of interpretation. Having had experience with the themes of the hand-made, craft and materialism, I am particularly interested in soft sculpture and collective group practices. What inspires my practice is the environment and people who surround me and as an artist I am constantly hoarding ideas from the public domain. I believe that we are a product of society andthat it is important for artists to give back through knowledge, experiences and opportunities.

What materials do you work in?
Everyday materials and found objects.

Briefly describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2018.
Construction netting jewelled with metallic ties, this collective show of objects coexist as patterned problems which both enable and exploit narcissistic projections. Though linear forms, tension is created by the bread bag ties inflating the skin of the objects and fragmenting their internal structure. Once filled with cement the objects become fixed and fragile; while appearing strong the scars of the grid are still visible. As objects of containment, Winged Monkeys become playful entities that hold memory.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZ Sculpture OnShore?
Previously exhibited as a collaborative show at The Grey Place gallery “Hanging our the washing”, these building-blocklike objects have layers of collective consciousness and as quotidian objects remind us of everyday experiences.

Where did you study?
Graduated from The University of Auckland, Elam School of Fine Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours, Bachelor of Art History conjoint.

Instagram: @javabentley

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