Killing Time by Ricky Swallow Essay

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“Killing Time” by Ricky Swallow

“Killing time” by Ricky Swallow is a Sculpture of a old table with all sorts of fishing utensils and types of fish on top that are all carved out of laminated Jelutong, maple and is 108 x 184 x 118cm and it is relatable by the audience of 1970 because that was the time that inspired him, when he’s dad would come home and put a whole heap of fish on the table from the days catch. Ricky is a fantastic sculptor he has one prizes such as Contempora Prize in Melbourne at the age of 25 in 1999 and has represented Australia in the 2005 Venice Biennale with his artwork “This Time Another Year”. This artwork that we will be looking at is one of Ricky’s many fine sculptures its called “killing time” but the reason why this sculpture is so amazing is how he crafts the maple in to the beautiful realistic texture of a fish or an overused table.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Ricky Swallow born on 1974 in San Remo, Victoria is an Australian sculptor that now works and lives in the US, where he sells sculptures for a living. He creates detailed pieces and installations in a variety of media, often utilizing objects of everyday life as well as the body, bones etc. He first came to prominence in Australia when he won the Contempora 5 Prize in Melbourne at the age of 25 in 1999. Most of he’s works are models, miniatures, replicas, copies ect, and He uses many materials such as Types of wood, different metals and he also use random objects or even junk that cannot be used anymore.

Swallow thought about the circumstance that the sculpture was in, someone putting down his fishing utensils and throwing the basket of fish on the table and it spilling on to the cloth, ready to be sliced up by the cook. This is important as it shows the realistic organization that swallow has created using carved objects. The signs used are the unclean bench, fish scattered all over...
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