Denese Oates



August 2022

Stella Downer Fine Art
1/24 Wellington Street, Waterloo, NSW 2017


The work in this exhibition is both a celebration of landscape, and a lament of the way humanity treats the natural world.

Results of bushfires are visually fascinating despite the devastation.  Textures and colours found in the aftermath, and the signs of regeneration rising from the ashes have been influential in the making of these sculptures. The play of leaves in branches, scars and stains on bark, the texture of burnt wood represented here pay homage to the environment.

The contrast of new growth and burnt vegetation is shown in the materials used. These include recycled copper fashioned into twigs and leaves, discarded grapevines, spent gum nuts, remnants of burnt wood from the forest floor, all of which represent nature; and found materials such as an old WARNING sign, hat blocks and shoe lasts.



A FINE BALANCE  2022 Copper, burnt branch 28 x 41 x 7 cm

A FINE BALANCE 2022 Copper, burnt branch 28 x 41 x 7 cm
STICKIE 2022 Copper 45 x 39 x 2 cm

STICKIE 2022 Copper 45 x 39 x 2 cm

WIND SONG 2022 Copper 48 x 39 x 1.5 cm

WIND SONG 2022 Copper 48 x 39 x 1.5 cm

Spiral Tree maquette 2022 Copper 45 x 38 x 4 cm

Spiral Tree maquette 2022 Copper 45 x 38 x 4 cm

2022 Copper, burnt branch 77 x 120 x 15 cm
THRIVE 2022 Copper, burnt branch 77 x 120 x 15 cm
FIRST WARNING 2022 Copper, grapevine, old sign 22 x 30 x 13 cm

FIRST WARNING 2022 Copper, grapevine, old sign 22 x 30 x 13 cm

SECOND WARNING 2022 Copper, wooden shoe last, old sign 23 x 26 x 13 cm

SECOND WARNING 2022 Copper, wooden shoe last, old sign 23 x 26 x 13 cm

THIRD WARNING 2022 Copper, grapevine, old sign 15 x 30 x 13 cm

THIRD WARNING 2022 Copper, grapevine, old sign 15 x 30 x 13 cm

BUDDED 2022 Grapevine, burnt timber & copper 14 x 24 x 21 cm

BUDDED 2022 Grapevine, burnt timber & copper 14 x 24 x 21 cm
EVOLVE 2022 Copper & hat block 30 x 19 x 165 cm

EVOLVE 2022 Copper & hat block 30 x 19 x 16.5 cm

FLEDGLING 2022 Grapevine, burnt timber & gumnuts 29 x 23 x 16 cm

FLEDGLING 2022 Grapevine, burnt timber & gumnuts 29 x 23 x 16 cm

REVIVAL 2022 Grapevine, burnt timber & copper 15 x 21 x 21 cm

REVIVAL 2022 Grapevine, burnt timber & copper 15 x 21 x 21 cm

TREESON 2022 Grapevine, burnt timber & copper 22 x 18 x 11 cm

TREESON 2022 Grapevine, burnt timber & copper 22 x 18 x 11 cm

ARBORIZE 2022 Copper 62 x 60 x 42 cm

ARBORIZE
2022
Copper
62 x 60 x 42 cm

SOLO 2022 Grapevine & gumnuts 46 x 9 x 8.5 cm

SOLO
2022
Grapevine & gumnuts
46 x 9 x 8.5 cm

ARIEL 2022 Copper, wooden shoe last, burnt wood base 27 x 25 x 17 cm

ARIEL
2022
Copper, wooden shoe last, burnt wood base
27 x 25 x 17 cm