Belinda Piggott's - All That Twinkles Art Exhibition

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Posted 2023-06-02 by Mia Ferreirafollow

Thu 01 Jun 2023 - Thu 20 Jul 2023

I had the privilege of attending the opening of visual artist, Belinda Piggot's solo exhibition at Linden Art Space in St Kilda last night titled - All That Twinkles and I highly recommend you explore it for yourself!

Set in outer space, Belinda's exhibition asks questions about our impact across the universe, with a series of suspended sculptures connected by metal frames, to represent all the space junk floating around our planet, casting delicate shadows across the walls and creating storylines like new man-made constellations.

Did you know: it's estimated that there are now 100 trillion bits of 'Space Junk' circling our planet right now? From defunct satellites and spacecraft to abandoned launch vehicle stages, and mission-related debris...

According to this Forbes article - "SpaceX currently has over 3,500 satellites in its Starlink constellation—with an initial target of 12,000—while OneWeb has around 550. Meanwhile, Amazon's proposed Project Kuiper is planning 3,236 satellites, with the first two test satellites due to go skywards this year."

And it's only going to get worse!

Belinda's work looks at the relationships between humans and nature, with past works and exhibitions also highlighting the plight of forests of trees and seaweed, the world's natural carbon sinks.

For this latest exhibition, All That Twinkles - Belinda %%contemplates the shift in the power of the universe, from the spiritual to the economic. Against a soundtrack of NASA recordings made in space and mixed by Paul Salty Brincat, constellations frame objects such as precious gems, symbols of natural beauty and fertile potential.

Constructed from ceramic and steel, the sculptures harness the same materials that are available to be mined in the galaxy; iron, nickel, cobalt and gold. Others carry the remnants of exploration and mining operations that will circulate, collide, and create new, amorphous objects, replicating the cosmic forces that formed the universe. Lines connect and intersect, charting the passage for new stories%%. (description taken from the Linden Art Space website)

My favourite pieces included:
- At the intersection of innovation and awe 2023 made of stoneware, glazes, and minerals including copper, manganese, gold and powder-coated stainless steel.
- Taking the Interstellar highway 2023 made of stoneware, glazes, minerals, inc, copper, manganese, cobalt, powder-coated stainless steel and a plastic readymade replica of Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster which orbits around the earth in real life!

All pieces are available for sale - so if anyone would like to purchase one of these for me, I would be very grateful.

Belinda's creative process involves breaking and pulling things apart to explore, discover and create something new, which reminds me of Kintsugi - the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery, leaving a gold seam where the cracks were...

About Belinda:

Born in Naarm/Melbourne, Belinda Piggott is an artist living and working on the unceded land of the Gadigal and Wangal people of the Eora Nation, Sydney. With initial training in ceramics, she practices primarily with sculpture and installation. Belinda's ongoing body of work often references the urban landscape, waterways and the sky. She views her art practice as a portal to explore new ideas through research, experimentation, and collaboration. Deliberately deconstructing works once resolved, Belinda's creative process involves perpetually recomposing her objects in different contexts and configurations, a cycle of reincarnation that draws upon the potential of infinite possibility.

Head down this Sunday, 4 June at 2:30pm for an artist talk and to meet with Belinda in person!

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