| SCULPTORS: MELIESA JUDGE & WILL KUIPER
LIQUID METAL STUDIOS
independence, authenticity, ingenuity

clay head
clay head
clay head
linde dancers WK
crucible
Mary Ward install Marryatville
Wk and waterbirds
palm frond
crucible
Wk and clay lion
Wk and clay lion
weld
clay head
crucible
owlpole
patina
patina

"There is a sheer visceral materiality to sculpture that keeps an artist grounded in reality; the grit and slip of clay, the slow emergence of form from shapeless mass, the slurry of plaster, the hot honey smell of wax melting, liquid rubber gelling into shape, mapping the path of burning gas as it spirals through a kiln, hot moulds that weigh ¼ of a tonne yet are as fragile as eggshells, the astonishing, wondrous, iridescent fluidity of molten bronze, the crucible glowing orange. I find myself looking into a ‘volcano’, looking back into the cauldron of creation. And then, when the firing is over; the black crust of the cast contours in a mountain of plaster waste, like the first clues emerging from an archaeological dig, three dimensional jigsaws of jagged fragments. I live in my dust mask and gloves amongst shards and splinters of ground metal. I spend whole days in the silent chamber of earplugs and facemasks, every ounce of energy focused on the spinning of the tungsten tipped grinders.

The final serenity of a completed work never reveals the whirlwind of activity that has brought it into being."

Liquid Metal Studios combines the resources of two Sculptors; Will Kuiper and Meliesa Judge. Amongst the foremost producers of contemporary figurative sculpture in Australia, the artists cast their own original sculpture into bronze using their unique professional facility.

Their work is informed by directions taken in recent British Sculpture, where the human figure is used as an active element in a dialogue that includes many other references. The figure becomes the expression and mediation of aesthetic experience.

Liquid Metal studios is fully independent. The Artists do not seek government funding, as they believe that art should be autonomous. They are not signed to any gallery or agent as they prefer to sell direct to the public at wholesale prices.

Mitcham Council granted the artist's a lease for a workshop in a disused Council Depot site in 2003. Extensive renovations made the space suitable for the multipurpose sculpture studio. They overlook the city of Adelaide, tucked into the Foothills, backed by old quarries and remnant bushland. A small gallery area attached to the workshop exhibits recently completed sculpture.

The artists run a bronze casting foundry specifically to cast their own work. The combination of the sculptor's modelling and design skills with mastery of the bronze casting methodology, enables a confluence between inspiration and technique. The distinctive possibilities of the process also inform and extend the sculptor's approach.

The foundry uses the traditional lost-wax bronze casting techniques. The process and equipment has been modified to minimise environmental impact and is fully compliant with EPA standards.

Bronze casting requires a team approach; project management, mould making, casting, assembling and finishing are shared tasks, with each artist responsible for diverse areas of production. However the two Artists sculpt their own work individually and separately, developing their own styles and themes.

Both sculptors are well represented in private collections across Australia and in Europe. Permanent public site work can be seen locally at the University of Adelaide, Waite Arboretum, The Hindmarsh Library, Windsor Green, and Carrick Hill.

Will Kuiper's most recent significant public site sculpture was Malcolm Blight for Adelaide Oval. The powerful athletic sculpture was created over the summer of 2014, the bronze completed in 2015. The sculpture was made in collaboration with Meliesa Judge. Will recently completed a series of large sculptural elements Dunstone Grove; Linde Reserve, Stepney. Seven large bronzes create a sculptural dialogue in the park, engaging with the significant history of the area as well as with the environment. Sculptures include one of Will's signature series of large howling wolves in its original configuration with an oversized tuning fork; and a giant spider, designed for the site and suspended high in a tree over the children's playground. Will's work is also represented in the prestigious Collection at Carrick Hill; in the Waite Arboretum; and in private collections around Australia.

The principal focus of Meliesa's current work is a full life size figure, a sculptural portrait of Archbishop Thomas Carr for Thomas Carr College, Vic. She recently finished the third of the edition of eight of St Ignatius for St Ignatius College , Geelong. Earlier version went to the Norwood Parish, SA, and John xxiii School, Perth. She recently completed a German Migrant Memorial for Stepney, SA; Catherine McAuley for All Hallows' School, Brisbane; and Mary Ward for the Loreto Schools in Australia. The latter was the largest contemporary figurative project in Australia at that time, an edition of eight life size pieces were cast in the studios, one for each of the Loreto Schools in Australia. Meliesa is a Churchill Fellow 2001.

"The studio has come to life again… It has once again become creativity’s sanctuary from the world… the art created in it is neither traditional nor avant garde, but a combination of the two. It brings together the spirituality and humanism of the Old Masters and the innovation and criticality of the Modern Masters… Unless the concept is embodied in the object - is brought to life and lives through its material - there is no art."

Donald Kuspit; The end of Art.

 
Mary Ward, Loreto Schools in Australia   sculpture Carrick Hill   The Guardian   still watch   Angas Memorial, Adelaide City
  Aurora Sculpture, Adelaide City   Catherine McCauley   Waite Arboretum sculpture collection   Howling Wolves  
public site sculpture   Wickerman sculpture   Egrets, linde Reserve   St Ignatius sculpture   Ceres, Waite Arboretum
  Aurora Sculpture, Adelaide City   Catherine McCauley   Waite Arboretum sculpture collection   Howling Wolves  
Mary Ward, Loreto Schools in Australia   sculpture Carrick Hill   The Guardian   still watch   Angas Memorial, Adelaide City