2022 ARTIST BIOS | Michael Gibson

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About Michael Gibson

Michael has been working with steel and Australian hardwoods for 30 years starting back in 1990. Michael’s love of steel as a medium is driven by its versatility, strength and durability and believes the creations are only limited by the size of his workshop.

There are no boundaries to what can be designed and created from steel, using round bar as a medium enables the creations of unique patterns that are best viewed from different angles.

Symmetry of design is not a priority to Michael; he prefers to incorporate free flowing steel that builds its own shape and comes alive when connected.

Michael believes creating and building a sculpture is a very personal experience, sometimes you picture something over a couple of months, then it starts to take shape and you must get started before competing ideas cloud the project.

When making a large sculpture Michael starts with something small like the eyes and builds the sculpture around this object, this sometimes generates confusion in the design, but he loves the challenge, and you never know what the end product will look like.

2022 SWELL ARTWORK – The Inner Voice, Michael Gibson

Michael wanted this sculpture to tell a story. The Inner Voice depicts the little person inside our minds who challenges our beliefs, manipulates our thinking and second guesses our judgement. The Inner Voice incorporates unique patterns and designs that attempts to capture the thought process with a stream of jumbled letters from the mind, ul1mately trapping at the mouth. Sometimes you don’t want to or can’t express everything you think. Lots of thoughts and experiences are contained within yourself, even if they are not spoken, they are an important component of your self-image.

Come and see for yourself at SWELL Sculpture Festival, Pacific Parade, Currumbin 9-18 September.