In 2003 I graduated from a 3 year full time diploma in furniture design and manufacture. I have largely spent the time since, mastering my woodworking skills. It is a process that requires time. In 2019 I founded ‘Woodlust Design’. A very successful showing at the Murwillumbah Arts Trial has allowed me to work on commissions ever since. My furniture pieces have always been very sculptural, so while it is true this would be my first foray into a sculptural installation, it is something I have been working towards for a very long time. Indeed many of my construction techniques are inspired by boat building. Multiple laminations built around a mould.
2020 SWELL ARTWORK – Ragnar V Moby, Robert Guenther
The ancient Indian parable of the ‘Elephant and Three Blind Men’ still holds true today. Having never experienced an elephant before, each feels a separate part of the animal and each has a different truth. Rather than investigate fully or discuss, they simply accuse the other of lying and hold firmer to their belief. As you walk around Ragnar V Moby, picture how easy it would be to reach a belief, if you were only given part of the picture, especially if the truth is outside your usual realm of thought.
SWELL Kids Artist Statement – Ragnar V Moby, Robert Guenther
Look at the branch.
It is just a piece of wood.
Now look closer.
Do you see the serpents head?
Or maybe you see something else.
That is a little how Ragnar V Moby is.
Someone may tell you that a Viking ship has washed up.
While another person may be sure a whale skeleton has been found.
Each may have only looked from a distance. Each is correct, but you are only getting part of the story.
Remember to take your time and really look at things, listen to things – investigate.
So then you can really make up your own mind.
Come and see for yourself at SWELL Sculpture Festival, Pacific Parade, Currumbin 11-20 September.