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Frazer’s Party Hats

The gargoyles featured in Frazer’s Party Hats are captured from Frazer Mausoleum, located in Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney. This sandstone gothic cathedral-in-miniature was once the family vault of John Frazer, an Irish immigrant to Australia who became an influential Sydney merchant.
Frazer’s Party Hats

Human Act

Human Act points to the European introduction of rabbits to Australia and its disastrous legacy to biodiversity. This work aims to consider how human activity such as overgrazing, recreational hunting and our regulated and domesticated version of wildlife frames our relation to other species.
Human Act

Foothold

Foothold emerged from reading about a major transcribing project to identify and record deteriorating headstones at Rookwood Cemetery in Sydney.
Foothold

Grazing on Graves

Holding fresh flowers, a friend enters a cemetery to visit her mother’s grave. She was soon approached by the groundskeeper who advised that it was best not to lay fresh flowers as kangaroos graze on them. This occurrence set the impetus for Grazing on Graves.
Grazing on Graves

Playback

Playback is the outcome of a participatory project with the ceramics community from the Sydney Institute of TAFE (SIT), Gymea Campus. Using audio description, I scripted a rendition of a found ceramic object. Participants were invited to listen to a recording of my narration, then translate the description into physical form.
Playback

Remote Control Garden

Remote Control Garden was created in quick response to an opportunity to make work to be situated in a suburban front yard over a weekend. Artists in MOST gardens, was curated by Marrickville Garage as part of the Marrickville Open Studio Trail in March 2014.  
Remote Control Garden

Spin

Spin, a set of freshly cleaned wine glasses are positioned to dry on top of a washing machine as it moves through a wash cycle. As the machine motions to spin, an orchestra of glasses clinks and chatters wildly for the duration of the spin cycle.
Spin

Amanda Tink: Imprint

over three months I made thirty two pieces – twenty nine in clay and three in plaster. They were all made by hand. Most Friday’s I spent the day with Josie and Somchai and Dean in their studio, following their practical guidance to help my ideas take shape.
Amanda Tink: Imprint