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A Paddle…2014, wood and bianco marble // 100 x 18 x 4 cm – series of 8

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Last Resort 2014, Wombeyan marble and steel // 144 x 102 x 102 cm
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Life Vest (emergency) 2014 – bianco carrara marble // 54 x 40 x 30 cm TSA_ART_Alex-Seton_Boat_02_Small_sRGBDurable Solutions 1 2014, Wombeyan marble, polyester rope, spigots // 145 x 90 x 15 cm

In a ‘silent memorial’ Alex Seton presented 28 rendered marble life jackets at the Adelaide Biennial, an acknowledgement of the 28 life jackets washed ashore on Coco’s Island last year after a boat load of asylum seekers sunk en route to Australia.

The installation now acquired by the Art gallery of South Australia inspired a new body of work that continues Seton’s exploration of the asylum seeker issues – with  a series of life size sculptures and installation at Sullivan & Strumpf, Sydney.

A life-sized inflatable rafts, deflated in memorial of the hopes and dreams of asylum seekers turned away at sea; a palm tree island, symbolic not only of the island paradise imagined by these individuals, but also of their isolation ….

Seton’s practice spans photography, video, sculpture and installation, best known, perhaps for realist marble sculptures.

sullivanstrumpf.com // until October 11, 2014