Barnacles, sculpture by Annemieke Mein
Barnacles, sculpture by Annemieke Mein.
1984-87, silk, wool, cotton, plastic, glass and pearl beads, 26 x 38 x 38cm (irregular). Photograph: Geoff Parrington. Ararat Regional Art Gallery Collection. Purchased with donations from visitors to the Annemieke Mein exhibition at Ararat Regional Art Gallery in 2011.
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Barnacles is a sea-themed soft sculpture made from fabric, beads and thread. It was worked in 52 separate parts before all sections were joined together to make a freestanding cluster of barnacles. In The Art of Annemieke Mein, the artist writes: "...Barnacles is influenced by my pleasurable childhood experiences at the beach...Some people have interpreted this sculpture as a provocative feminist statement, with suggestive labia, clinging babies and coils of hair. Nothing could have been further from my intentions. Yet it is interesting for me to realise that no shape in nature is entirely novel; so many forms are repeated constantly, others only rarely... ...Many reels of unravelled sewing cotton threads were twined and tied in place to simulate the surrounding swirling seaweed...in later years I felt this sculpture needed more ‘oomph’ and a ‘wet from the sea look’. Thus many cream, glass and pearl beads were hand sewn over the surface to catch the light and glisten like water droplets."