King Brown (casket)

Sculpture & Objects

Finalist

Handcut anodised titanium and sterling silver, 16.5cm x 10.5cm x 8cm

Two years ago I moved from Perth to the hills. The change was shocking. Though not remote the area is not densely populated; initially we didn’t have power or water. The intense harshness and the beauty immediately struck me. The abundance of life surprised me. At the beginning of spring a huge number of snakes emerged, hungry and aggressive after a long winter’s sleep. They are mostly King Browns, with a peppering of Dugites and Carpet Pythons. I see this emergence of snakes as a signifier of the changing of seasons. In a sense making this piece was a way for me to come to terms with my fear of the creatures and to honour them.

by Bethamy Linton