Man-akin

These ceramic casts have been created from slip cast moulds, a process of taking a copy of a live arm and by transferring it into plaster, can be cast multiple times from liquid clay into a tangible replica. Creating the original copy is, in itself, an intimate bonding experience, where I engaged my male-presenting friends and relatives with questions upon their own experience within “the man-box”. Then with the addition of subverting the use of rope, using knots taught by my father and knitting which was self taught, I disrupt the utility of the object.  By making it ornamental I negate a pressure upon masculine self sufficiency and rigid gender roles. 



 

Acrobatic cerámica

colour video, sound, 8 min


A frequently used platform for what we would now consider a circus performance, Xenophon’s Symposium, gave a first-hand account of a girl performing a juggling act upon a pottery wheel in 360BC. This history only became apparent to Sam following the creative developments and filming of this performance. It is the artist’s belief that Acrobatic Cerámica captures acrobatics upon a ceramics wheel in what is likely the first time a performance of this nature has been digitally filmed.

Song by Felix Laband (with artists permission)


Other projects

Vertical Insanity Circus


Vertical Insanity Circus is a contemporary circus performance company that was founded in 2015 by a group of local Adelaide circus artists.

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stone carving tutorial


During my time as an undergraduate student, I noticed a lack of information upon how to begin stone carving. As a project, I started the website below to help future people in the same situation. 

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A.p.a.c.


The Australian Partner Acrobatic Convention was where Sam’s love for acrobatics was reignited. Hosted in multiple locations around the country, Sam can sure to be partaking in workshops, performing and managing the bars. 

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BondStore Wallaroo


When Sam isn´t performing or creating, he can be found pouring beers and helping out with his family’s business, Bond Store Wallaroo; An exciting, new microbrewery, distillery and restaurant; Bond Store Wallaroo, located in the centre of Wallaroo on Owen Terrace.

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