| SCULPTORS: MELIESA JUDGE & WILL KUIPER

Meliesa Judge

Sculptor

Spirit wind
James
Spirit wind
Spirit Wind
Wellspring
Wellspring
Emus
Emu Plains
Spirit wind
James
Dance of the Winter Cranes
Treasure
Treasure
Gossip
Gossip
Spirit wind
Half Moon
Spirit wind
"Dominique" original clay
St Ignatius
"St Ignatius" Bronze alongside the original clay
Catherine McAuley original
mould making for Sait Ignatius
Catherine McAuley original
"Catherine McAuley" original clay
Catherine McCauley
Hand modelling the direct cast Egrets for Linde Reserve.

Sculptor:

Meliesa has been running an independant sculpture studios and foundry for over 20 years now. Passionate about her work, certain that visual art can communicate values, that the aesthetic experience is essential to humanity. Sculpture is a dynamic, progressive medium of expression. By bringing work into the public sphere, art becomes available to all of us, becomes a bridge between thought and life. Her early practise focused on fired clay and kiln technology. Her husband, Will Kuiper, studied sculpture – metal assemblage in everything from copper to stainless steel. In the combination of their sculpture skills, bronze casting was a logical conclusion.

Commissioned Sculpture:

Archbiship Thomas Carr, the second Archbishop of Melbourne is currently underway at the Studios. He will be completed in February 2016.

St Ignatius, a life sized depition of the leader of the Jesuits, has been created as an edition. The first went to e Norwood Catholic Parish SA, 2013, the second of the edition to John xxiii School, WA, 2014. The third was installed at St Ignatius College, Geelong, 2015.

The studios completed a major park redevelopment in Stepney, SA, 2012. A pair of unique freeform waterbirds was completed for the park in October 2012. The waterbirds are a shared design project with Will Kuiper. Meliesa sculpted a German Migrant Memorial for the same park, returning to the theme of mother and child playing together

Catherine McAuley was installed in All Hallows' School, Brisbane and unveiled on 1st Nov 2011. The lifesized sculpture is a vivid representation of this remarkable Irish humanitarian.

Aurora is a unique contemporary sculpture, the combination of the skills and imagination of both sculptors. She was commissioned for the Aurora building , Light Square, Adelaide. Installed in 2010.

Collections;

Meliesa has been strongly encouraged throughout her career by a succession of mentors and a strong community of patrons, collectors and business people who believe that what the artists are striving to acheive makes a valuable contribution to our cultural life. Meliesa’s sculptures are represented in many private collections around Australia, and in Italy, Germany, Ireland, England, and the USA.

Churchill Fellowship:

Europe 2001. An opportunity to take her sculpture and foundry techniques to the advanced level. Their focus was to visit as many foundries and sculpture exhibits as possible. The Sculpture parks in England and specifically the Cass Sculpture Foundation, were a revelation; Spring in Paris was spent in the museums; they were warmly welcomed in Dublin where the community is transforming the old city with new sculpture. Finally four months in a bronze foundry/studio in the South of France, with the purpose of making new sculpture and learning new techniques. A series of new sculptures were created over the summer.

Notable Exhibitions:

Duo shows with her husband are her preferred option for exhibitions. They have had several exhibitions at Urrbrae House - well reviewed and well attended. Self funding allows complete independence in work and presentation. She exhibits regularly around Australia & with occasional ventures overseas.

Continual studio practise;

A series of group studios through the early years supported her art practise even during full time employment for the Museum. Several years of home studios helped consolidate while establishing as a self funded, full time sculptor. Mitcham Council enabled a studio workshop in 2003. This is a fully functional sculpture zone, daylight, cement floors, truck delivery access and room to build really large work.

Training for a career in the arts:

The most practical & inspirational art training was full time work at Artlab, (Museum SA & The State Gallery). Three years work in the Objects Department included everything from Ancient Egyptian bronzes to Aboriginal Bark paintings. One major focus was on first white contact indigenous work, Dreamings 1989.      

Directions for the future:

Meliesa has proved her capacity to work on a very large scale within the strict guidelines of a formal sculpture. New work and commissions planned for 2016 include several lifesize sculptures with a more loose and contemporary feel.

 
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