By Morgan de Smidt
NEXT month’s display marks artist and new Darlington resident Jina Lee’s eighth time exhibiting at Sculpture by the Sea in Cottesloe.
Lee’s sculpture titled Unify is made from hand carved Donnybrook sandstone and Carrara marble and is sitting on a block of Kimberley granite.
“I start with clay, creating a maquette for my design,” Lee said.
“I then source a block of stone that will suit my design.
“I use angle grinders, drills, hammers and chisels to carve the sculpture at my studio in J shed, Fremantle.”
Lee said she is influenced by her background which she intends to reflect through her sculpture.
“I was born and raised in South Korea, and I often aim to share my culture through my work,” she said.
“This year’s work is inspired by traditional Korean rings called Garakji, the two rings represent unity and harmony held together with rope to signify the strength of togetherness and connection.”
Lee’s move to Darlington last year has also contributed to the vision she has for her next work.
“I started work on Unify prior to moving up to Darlington a few months ago but my next piece might draw from living in the beautiful Perth Hills,” she said.
“I have started to draw inspiration from my backyard with natural granite outcrops, grass trees and a wide variety of wildlife.
“Darlington is such a special place and I love living in this community already.”
The 18th annual Cottesloe Sculpture by the Sea will run from March 4 to 21.