House and home – Malcom Bywaters
23 June 2012 to 29 July 2012

Geelong region artists program.

A sculpture and photographic installation, House and home explores the relationship between memory, childhood and home. Visitors to Geelong Gallery will encounter an almost life-size wooden-frame biplane, which will appear as if it has landed inside the Max Bell Gallery space. The large-scale sculpture will be supported by four colour photographs that juxtapose the biplane with the domestic setting of a suburban front yard.

Stretching over four metres in length, the biplane sculpture, titled Finding home, is made from plywood and a range of mixed media including pulped artist’s books and drawings from various artist residencies, colour paper, buttons, plastic and other mementos from Bywaters’ studio and home. Paintings also adorn the panels on the wing structure as well as underneath the cockpit seat.

Memories are reclaimed and both the artist and the machine are metaphorically united — as one becomes an expression of the other. In fact, Bywaters has described the sculpture’s cockpit as a self-portrait, which serves as ‘a memory portal’.