4 Feb

Exploring the realms of the unseen, Anna McCauley

Mparntwe (Alice Springs) local and multi-disciplinary artist, Anna McCauley will be joining the Australian Sand Sculpting Championship for the second time in 2021. Anna debuted at ASSC in 2019, we took some time to catch up with Anna and find out more about her background and experience competing in ASSC.

‘What is your background?’

‘I am a settler living on Arrernte land in Mparntwe, Alice Springs. I have been on sand sculpture sites for as long as I can remember, from making coins to fill treasure chests to now competing in national comps.’

‘What would you consider to be the greatest creative influence on your sand sculpts?’

‘I am inspired by the surreal expressions and the absurdity of natural wonder. I will always find a way to explore the realms of the unseen and the unseeable, to prod the illusion of objectivity and reap wonder from the vast unknown.’

‘What is your favourite sand sculpture you’ve done in your career?’

‘For my debut in the National Championship last year I created a rendition of the fable of Rapunzel cutting her own hair. This is my favourite sculpture to date.’

‘What do sand sculptures mean to you?’

‘The language of sand sculptures speaks to so many people. I look up in wonder at the magnificent sculptures carved out by masters and it drives me to further develop the intricate techniques the medium demands.’

‘If you had to create a piece about the Gold coast, what about the Gold Coast would inspire your artwork?’

‘If I were to make a sculpture about the area of the Gold Coast, I would like to reflect the customs and traditions of the Traditional Owners, the Yugambeh People.’

Its inspiring to hear about Anna’s connection to Indigenous culture and love of expressing the wonders of the natural environment. She’s one not to be missed, come see Anna compete at the Australian Sand Sculpting Championship March 15-17.

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