The University of Newcastle, Australia

Fine Art PhD exhibits at Sculpture by the Sea

Friday, 23 October 2015

University of Newcastle Fine Art PhD candidate Ruth Liou has been invited to show her PhD SculptureThe Bell at this year's Sculpture by the Sea exhibition at Bondi, NSW.

This is a highly competitive event, which this year received 500 submissions from 41 countries and six territories around the world – with 107 being selected.

The Bell by Ruth LiouRuth Liou's PhD (Fine Art) research has focussed on the construction of identity and the sense of belonging from the perspective of a displaced person. Identifying the 'becoming' self in an ambivalent space, Ruth explores how relocation affects the migrant's sense of belongingness in a new country.

"My research perspective is drawn from a personal migration experience; universally understood as a transnational condition of this postmodern world," Ruth said. "My research project explores and conceptualises a personal justification on hybrid/cultural identity, the configuration and metaphysical belongingness in a liminal space – the psychological space (a site) of 'neither here nor there' is realised through sculptural installation.

"As a metaphoric object, The Bell is an element that realises and enhances my research concepts. The solemn, deep sonorous sound of the traditional bronze temple bell brings a state of calmness and serenity of self-knowledge and awareness; however, the design of The Bell is not overly about sound, but the resonance is internal."

Made of Cedar, found metal objects (industrial object and Chinese chef wok) and steel, the over 2m high sculpture is located at site no 80, the coastal walk from Marks Park towards Tamarama Beach, for the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition – which will run from 22 October to 8 November 2015.

Sculpture by the Sea also exhibits at Cottesloe, Perth, and Aarhus, Denmark. Ruth has been accepted for the event at Cottesloe in March 2016.

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