Osterns Quarry Greywacke Bunker 29
Chauncey is an artist who makes small scale abstract geometric sculptures from a wide range of found materials such as rock, minerals, bricks, coral, obsidian, cement and Lego.His work explores the transformation of ‘found’ materials with no value in both man- made and natural environments, creating a new aesthetic from their reconstructed forms.
“When lockdown started, we had just moved to a remote part of the South Taranaki coast so we could still get outside and go for beach walks which made it a lot easier.
I couldn’t get to my studio at all though, so painted the house instead.
I was glad to do something to keep moving and productive.
However, I indulged too much in social media and getting through lockdown became a battle to stay positive.
Endlessly scrolling through stories of people’s lives falling apart and economies collapsing painted a very persuasive view of a world going to shit in real time.
Art seemed to have no place like it normally would, and I lost the desire to make it. Coming out of lockdown it was enormously encouraging that people made the effort to support artists and buy art. That helped get me back into my studio and producing work again.
This work is one of the first I made post lockdown and I think reflects ideas around fragmentation, rebuilding and balance.”