The Twelve Apostles
a sensory journey
The Great Ocean Road stretches for 400 kms along the southwest coast of Victoria, Australia. The seascapes along this Road are breath-taking. But it was the glorious ‘sea stacks’ popularly known as the Twelve Apostles that inspired me. These monumental, craggy, limestone structures still evolving organically are continuously eroded by the elements.
The potential character of the rock formations as sentient entities took over as the ‘Twelve Apostles’ series developed.On the surface of each figurative Apostle I am attempting to capture in a single dynamic moment the interaction of sea, foam, spray, strata and wind – all part of the sensory journey.
These twelve pieces are now in the permanent collection of York City Art Gallery.
The Twelve Apostles also provided the basis and inspiration for the internationally acclaimed writer and performer Rommi Smith's evocative poem 'Alumina' which you can see here. The poem was specially commissioned for my solo exhibition 'Clay Journeys'
Every detail has been considered and resolved. With a patina that seems somehow ageless but modern, some of these almost monochrome figures have a golden or silvery hue, others look like carved wood but all are subtly ambiguous.
David Briers,, Independent Curator and Writer