The Messenger | 2023


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Weight 550 kg
Dimensions 180 × 90 × 105 cm
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Stone, Steel





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The Messenger delivers the message to the underdog, the lost, the bullied, the anti-hero, the working-class hero, the woman maligned forgotten in a harsh landscape of life amongst it’s peers. All of these figures function in a multiplicity, against a suburban backdrop, which comes with its own cultural connotations of inertia, entrapment, and conformity, a truth bearing reminder that the smallest things are the most significant and that the most ordinary people are the most extraordinary.



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Delivery advice for purchasers: Pack and Send. Installation Advice For purchasers: Place and enjoy


Sculptor Bio

Kylie Gardner

Kylie Gardner

Kylie was born in Sydney Australia to parents who were entrepreneurs in the hotel hospitality industry where, as a small child she would draw portraits for patrons. I

Kylie moved interstate in her early twenties pursuing work in the hair and beauty industry where she became a hairdresser and make-up artist, after to relocating to Newcastle NSW where she worked as a hairdresser and make-up artist, she was awarded 3rd place in the national titles as a make-up artist, as well as an award-winning hairdresser. Whilst working fulltime as a hairdresser and a single mother, she attended classes part time at Newcastle University in Fine arts and ceramics, where I was introduced to the traditional sculptural processes. She continued working in the hair and beauty industry as a part-time TAFE teacher on the Central Coast NSW, becoming a manager in the Hair and beauty supply industry as technical support and sales.  Kylie continued her education in the expansion of creative fields as a photographer, interior Designer, shoe designer, import and exporter.

Kylie resigned from her management position and pursued her artistic career in sculpture and fine arts.

Her art journey is somewhat multi-faceted; in the Winter months Kylie oil paints on canvas as well as she likes to indulge the smoothness and ease of clay and firing processes. Kylie say’s “I love the human form, its complexities and shapes. My aim is to produce a sculptural image that reflects the energy of the entire process and the chemical changing process of the material.

During mid Spring I start to sculpt in cement, I love the raw edginess of cement, the process of welding, looking at form often like the skeletal structure of a body, it is a medium that is extremely challenging mentally and physically, often like a marathon runner preparing is a similar type of process. Cement is a medium that doesn't lie, it cannot be fixed or glossed over, it just is.”

Kylie is a resident of the Dungog Shire of the Hamlet of Paterson, and works in her home-based studio, working and producing and open air sculpture Garden being open to the public.


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