Joe Sheehan

b.1976

Mother

  • Purchased, 2008
  • Greywacke stone
  • 210 x 150mm
  • 2008/029
  • 2008

Walking on Makara Beach in 2008, sculptor Joe Sheehan found two things: a crushed plastic milk bottle and a large greywacke stone. In ‘Mother’ he fuses these to striking effect, carving the age-old stone into a perfect echo of a piece of throwaway rubbish. Translated into a hard and heavy new medium, the bottle's crushed form and its open mouth start to suggest a twisted and expressive body. The stone itself looks tormented – nature under extreme pressure. (Brought to light, November 2009)