Lindy McSwan - To Cart Carry Convey

Lindy McSwan - To Cart Carry Convey

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From the exhibition 2022 Robert Foster F!NK National Metal Prize 

Year: 2022

Materials: mild steel, vitreous enamel, iron ore


#1:   140 x 120 x 40 mm
#2:   210 x 70 x 60 mm
#3:   230 x 160 x 65 mm
#4:   130 x 68 x 60 mm
#5:    85 x 80 x80 mm

About the Maker:

The mild steel vessel, often in combination with other materials, has been the foundation of my practice since my undergraduate studies in gold and silversmithing. More recently I have developed a deeper material focus looking to material properties, qualities, and transformation in the life cycle of steel. This begins with iron ore, the primary material essential to iron and steelmaking. Experimenting with different methods of using iron ore, the most effective to date has been grinding the material by hand and blending it with vitreous enamel, then applying to the surface of these vessels before firing in a kiln.

In this body of work the vessel forms respond to my fieldtrips to the Whyalla and Port Kembla steelworks. The steelworks are effectively an extensive system of vessels and structures, mostly made of steel, that transport, store, and process material in the production of iron and steel. Kilometres of rail networks, carriages, monumental industrial vessels, conveyors, furnaces, cavernous, corrugated steel sheds and forming systems, empty, fill, move, transform, and contain vast quantities of material in a continuous process of steelmaking. The title given to this work reflects on this experience as well as notions of containment embodied in the vessel more broadly.

Available for shipment or collection from 12 December 2022.

Photos: Tim Bean