What Are We Hanging Around For?

[Sea Country Spirits (2015-2016) consists of 32 sculptures of spirits, of takorra (sky) beeyak (land) and warri (sea); from Wathaurong country, which Jenny presents as a rhythmical dance of animated spirit forms of different scales, made from copper wire, tree grass, driftwood, kangaroo bones, feathers, wood, synthetic polymer paint, seaweed, grass roots and resin].

  • Australian indigenous artist, Jenny Crompton (born in Warthraurong in 1968) lives on the Victorian Surf Coast, the land of her ancestors, the Wadawurrung.
  • Crompton is the creator of Sea Country Spirits which consists of the surreal shapes of birds and their nest crustaceans, shellfish, fish, shells and macropods, displayed together to create an ethereal sensation of different living creatures.
  • These are gathered to tell a story about the life cycles of Crompton’s Country and to express the continuous rhythms the land has been echoing for millennia.

Crompton’s focus on themes explore the environment and indigenous culture of her country. Part of her process is walking the land and respectfully gathering natural materials, which allows her to reconnect, listen and interpret an essence of her culture through the making of sculpture and paintings.

  • Crompton won the Deadly Art Award at the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards (VIAA) in 2014 and was a finalist in the 2015 VIAA awards.
  • She also won the 2016 Lorne Sculpture Biennale, Sculpture Trail Award.

You can follow Jenny Crompton via her website.

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