Kath Girdler Engler, shredded news paper, glue, water and (a mix introduced by Louisiana sculptor, Clyde Conell) that makes the dried material both rigid and archival. Pulp mixture is used to encrust figurative forms with rocks, vine, bone, barnacles and man made objects aged and altered by the sun, wind and water.
Ah Xian is a senior Chinese–Australian artist who is best known for his contemporary use of the ancient mediums of porcelain, lacquer, cloisonné and jade. ‘Metaphysica’ is the title given by Ah Xian to this ongoing series of bronze busts. Cast from life in a lengthy process, each figure is subtly different in patina and expression. Also distinguishing each one are the objects which rest on top of the busts’ heads, ranging from deities and temples to animals and lamps.
This 8 cm high carving of a human face on mammoth ivory is 26,000 years old, and was found in former Czechoslovakia. The object is the oldest portrait of a human being yet discovered. The head appears to have been fastened to a staff or baton.