VYONNE WALKER: Slowest Growing Sculpture


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Vyonne Walker, Slowest Growing Sculpture, 2012, sculptural works, 27 cm x 27 cm x 27 cm



Vyonne Walker an artist, researcher, engaging in an exploration of the inherent underlying form and structures of nature’s systems. Vyonne creates art with an acute sense of a world unseen. Sculptures, photo media, and text combine in an evocative practice. Working outside of the norms of the atelier artist, Vyonne’s projects engage and provoke. Formal studies include; Advanced Diploma of Art and Design, Central College of TAFE, Perth; Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Western Australia and UCLA, Los Angeles, California. Vyonne has been artist in resident at SymbioticA at the University Western of Australia since 2009.

The Slowest Growing Sculpture


Windswept, Lake Clifton’s low lying coastal dunes intertwine with the Yalgorup Lake system. An Indigenous culture with connections interwoven with land, water and sky has marked this place over time. The rocks are literally alive: Thrombolites, benthic microbial accretions, growing at increments of less than 1mm per year. A Thrombolite the size of one’s hand could take at least 200 years to form.

The architectonic structures and the communities of microbial organisms that create them are what interest me as an artist. My formal studies in sculpture tune the sensibilities to an appreciation of form and structure.These sculptures do not need the artist’s hand. Natural systems have a way of organising; a lot like a society there is an interdependency of one on another. At the global scale these interdependencies now extend to a shared responsibility of the health of the planet. Thrombolites in their contribution to the development of life on earth have become a silent witness to nearly every stage of our planet’s evolution. As a community these organisms work together and helped create our world. The Thrombolites live, they have much to teach, if we listen quietly to the silence in the pause.