/ / Artist Bios 2020

Village Bike was established in 2013 with a vision to create a City wide grass roots recycled bike focus for the Gold Coast that engages with the community and reinforces a the culture of recreational cycling, recycling and a community conversation.

The broad objectives of the Village Bike are:

  • To promote sustainable transport alternatives on the Gold Coast
  • To promote sustainable initiatives of reduce, reuse, recycle in sourcing and repairing bikes for the scheme
  • To enhance community engagement through a series bike repair sheds
  • To become a Gold Coast wide institution embraced by the Community by 2018
  • To become a world leader in sustainable community initiatives

This scheme combines the recycling of thrown out materials, the engagement, training and mentorship of youth, the social engagement and skills sharing of a men’s shed and the promotion of active and healthy transport alternatives. This combination of elements is undertaken at a grass roots level to promote a sense of community as a not for profit organisation but with an aim of becoming City wide.

Village Bike are proud to have exhibited in Swell in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019 and collaborated on the Closet activist in Bleach 2015. We continue to develop our art. Our work started with repairing bikes, till we started using bikes as a medium. They represent both a material, a form with both a mechanical and aesthetic dimension. We like to deconstruct and reconstruct, repurposing the mechanics to create repurposed responses.

2020 SWELL ARTWORK – Femme Fatale, Village Bike Inc

Femme fatale is a metaphor of what bikes are to us: something attractive and dangerous that ultimately will cause distress to those involved. We like bikes. We like to deconstruct and reconstruct. In the anatomy of the bike, we see the exoskeleton of the siren, and our attraction to bikes will be our nemesis.

SWELL Kids Artist Statement – Femme Fatale, Village Bike Inc

Femme fatale is something that is attractive and dangerous. It’s like mum on a bad day… stay clear or get your head bitten off.

Come and see for yourself at SWELL Sculpture Festival, Pacific Parade, Currumbin 11-20 September.