Artist Statement: The surgical mask has become the symbol of the Covid-19 Pandemic. My sculpture is symbolic of the pandemic and the importance of either having a mask or not. The availability of masks was a matter of life or death, in some circumstances. The sculpture was carved to remember the sacrifice and humanity of the front line workers who made such a difference in these trying times. - Roger McFarlane.
Medium: Carrara marble - Italy
Dimensions: Life size
Director's Statement: Formally trained, Bachelor of Fine Arts from Newcastle University, further studies in sculpture at the Palla Studio Piestrasant, Italy. Roger McFarlane's reputation overseas is where he achieved considerable notoriety- having exhibited in Paris at the Automne Salon on 3 occasions. Recently he won the 2013 Abstract sculpture prize at the Maitland Art Prize. With over a dozen sculpture prizes over the past 20 years, he has taken part in over 60 group exhibitions. His body of work comprises abstract and figurative marble sculptures, many on a domestic scale. Both Australian and imported marbles from Italy are used. Roger’s vision for Australian art is... 'Australia needs more quality public art and collectors should have sculpture representation. For too long 3D art forms have been excluded from many important collections within Australia’. It is his opinion and commitment to encourage a change. For as he says “an art collection without sculpture is like having a Greek salad without olives”.
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