Narooma News  27 April 2011 Cobargo artist gets ephemeral at Sculpture on the Edge


By October 31, 2017News

IN the predawn hours of Saturday, March 5, which was the day after the official opening of Sculpture on the Edge, an unofficial artwork/guerrilla art action was initiated by local artist Rhonda Ayliffe.

Hundreds of small paper boats made from pages of discarded encyclopaedias were released into the causeway of the Bermagui harbour.

Released predawn, the flotilla was collected at low tide to be composted and turned into garden food.

“Only a few people noticed, less would have registered that it was an art work in progress – this is integral to the nature of guerrilla artworks,” Rhonda said.

Rhonda also participated as a speaker in this year’s Sculpture on the Edge symposium, where the theme was ‘Ephemeral v/s Monumental – the changing face of sculpture’.

She gave provocative talk at the symposium on the nature and potentials of ephemeral art.

Her talk, including a brief run-down of some of the points raised, is covered on her blog: (http://rhondaayliffe.blogspot.co m/2011/03/speaking.html)

In August, Rhonda is taking her book-based artworks and ephemeral art interventions north as she has been invited to the Byron Bay Writers Festival as the festival’s artist-in-residence.

Rhonda currently enrolled in Higher Degree Research program with Monash University, where she is undertaking a studio-based MFA/PhD.


ORIGAMI BOATS: Bermagui harbour invaded by flotilla of origami boats – an ephemeral art work by Cobargo artist Rhonda Ayliffe.

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