I find kangaroos incredibly expressive. Whether contemplating their facial expressions, their stance or their behaviours, I often find myself wondering what they are thinking.
This collection of kangaroos are the first sculptures in my Australian Series.
After dedicating an entire collection to African animals, I am excited to showcase Australian native animals in my art.
The inspiration for my first kangaroo sculpture, Standing Roo, stems from my building days.
I was working in Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula and seeing kangaroos in this type of stance was an everyday occurence.
To me, it is a pose of curiosity.
If you look closely, you will see the Standing Roo’s ears are facing different directions.
Kangaroos not only have excellent hearing, but their ability to move their ears independently of each other allows them to detect sounds from different parts of the environment at different frequencies and intensity.
The kangaroo is such an iconic Australian animal that it just wasn’t possible to stop at one roo sculpture.
Other kangaroos in this series include the Eating Roo, Lounging Roo and Roadkill Roo, which have been displayed at numerous art exhibitions.
My collection of kangaroos won first prize in the ‘Estate’ category at the 2018 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show and the Standing Roo won People’s Choice Award at the 2018 Lake Light Sculpture Festival in Jindabyne.