The Floating Gardens of Curviligne

Once again we are joined by sculptor and installation artist Sharnie Shield for this extraordinary deep dive into spherical sculpture in the forest. Her workshop involves experimentation with large-scale sculpture techniques and plant life to form a piece of collaborative installation art outdoors, an immersive playful structure from organic matter suspended in a special area of the rainforest.  Using bamboo and plant life, participants will build large scale aerodynamic spherical constructions to be adorned with an array of native plantlife. Acting as an all weather suspended garden where we explore the harmonics of mathematics within the natural world.  

Taking its cues from the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the octavial qualities of curvilinear forms, find out about lissajous figures, phyllotaxis and the kiss of venus. Come enjoy the fun of exercise through creating sculptural form in ​mouvement curviligne with Sharnie!

Sharnie Shield is a writer, early career researcher, educator, designer and fine artist. She holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts First Class Honours ANU and a Master in Education University of Melbourne. Sharnie was recently engaged in writing on visual culture through the Doctor of Creative Arts UOW program. Shield's design background is informed by her ongoing interest in spatial dynamics, with prior learning in Master of Fine Art UNSW, Bachelor Interior Architecture UNSW and Bachelor of Interior and Spatial Design UTS. As a sculptor and installation artist primarily involved in place-making and its relationship to architectural spaces, Sharnie won the Sydney Living Museums 2014 Meroogal Women's Art Prize and was awarded a residency by the Bundanon Trust​; Australia Council New Work Grant 2004; and the 2016 Wollongong Bicentennial Acquisitive Sculpture Award.