parthenopi has branched out from her career as an events florist to take on the challenge of creating sculpture in a different medium. She has drawn from her knowledge of making large sculptural floral installations for special events and used that to work with discarded materials; bringing everyday household and industrial plastic waste to life.
parthenopi relishes in experimenting with bold colour, striking texture and dynamic form and injecting a sense of fun into her work to delight audiences while also inviting them to contemplate a deeper message. She is endlessly inspired by the tenacity and unique beauty of Australian flora and fauna and its plight against plastic pollution. Another key element of her practice is assembling her sculpture in situ and being inspired by her surroundings; altering the artwork to honour the landscape and create a conversation between the two.
2023 SWELL ARTWORK – ultramarine
The blue-ringed octopus is one of the ocean’s most venomous inhabitants; utilising its boldly patterned skin to communicate this message. parthenopi’s octopus flashes its rings as a bright warning to potential predators. Perhaps its discarded plastic makeup is a clue as to who the threat to marine life might be. Is there a tentacle pointing at you?