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This creative work was originally published as:

Morris, R. (2016). Bower [Enamel on wood]. Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney, Australia.


The work Bower which Richard Morris exhibited in Sculpture 28 is an assemblage made largely of painted wooden panels, and remnants of domestic furniture. There is a distinct relationship between the blue perimeter of the work, and the yellow oval form in the upper RHS, which play on the enclosed form of a literal Bower bird nest. The juxtaposition of a reductive palette plays a significant role in the work, creating a distinct asymmetrical compositional tension between the use of metallic blue, and yellow. Bower has both a figurative reference to a vertically oriented Bower bird nest, and a reference to the Abstract via the planar geometric furniture elements which constitute it’s peripheral form.


Used by permission: the artist

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