Marcus Tatton is a public space sculptor who brings inspiration from where he lives amongst the wild landscapes of Tasmania. Through his work, Marcus explores the relationship between the natural and non-natural environments, how we humans interact with nature and the effect we have on the landscape.
Tatton has presented several solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally and has received awards and accolades including the Helen Lempriere Sculpture Awards in 2006 and 2007. He received the Montalto Sculpture Award in Victoria, the LANDCOM Sculpture Award at the University of Western Sydney and the Sydney Water Sculpture Prize for Environmental Sculpture. Marcus received the Curator’s Sculpture Prize at Artscape Biennial, Byron Bay and The Andrea Stretton Memorial Invitation Award at Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi 2010.
2021 SWELL ARTWORK – URCHIN, Marcus Tatton
What role does The Urchin play in human evolution? Is this the part where chaos is courted, to see what breadth of existence may transpire?
We see The Urchin in each of us – the free and self-serving element, irresponsible, irreverent, sometimes destructive. The imp, pan, or Puck – what is the purpose of this unbonded faction within humanity?
Yet The Urchin is finding itself beached these days. It’s a magnificent being of fecundity and unique potential – but vulnerable, maybe short-lived…
What forces are evolving into play next where imaginative, momentary, flexibility butts up against harsh, structured mega-regimes? Is it the imagination that will provide the resources for the human condition to flourish into the future? Is it up to The Urchin in each of us?
Whatever transpires into our worldly presence next, we can be sure, will not be something we have ever experienced before…
Come and see for yourself at SWELL Sculpture Festival, Pacific Parade, Currumbin 10-19 September.