The Copper Wire Bra project started at Eyre Bird Observatory in the Great Australian Bight, a desolate place with exquisite bird life, dunes and traces of life long gone. At first there was a large ball of entangled copper wire used in cars and other mechanical workings. The copper wire, which came in various colours of coating, was crocheted with small glass beads, in different panels before being shaped into form.
Other small sculpture projects involve more precious materials, such as the award winning 'Bushfire' sculpture, which was made of silver clay, fine silver wire and agates. Or the 'Peace Stone', a sculpture of black tourmaline, copper and engraved silver placed on a Kalbarri rock created in the wake of 9/11 and the aftermath of war in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Tineke's 'House Jewellery' is meant to decorate that special place in the home with precious nature such as this Broome oyster shell with quartz and silver. This and the Rock Pool Vessel made from copper wire with amethyst, venturin and citrines, formed part of the Rock Pool Rhythms Exhibition at Elements Art Gallery in 2011.
BIOLOGICAL ARTS - ETERNAL BREATH
Mice are heroes in Tineke Van der Eecken's biological art project at SymbioticA. Through her SymbioticA residency in 2011, Tineke explored the morphology of mouse lungs and eternalised the three-dimensional shapes in precious metals. This required an intermediate process of plastination, similar to the technique used by Gunther Von Haegen in his 'Body World'. This was made possible through collaboration with the Lung Institute of Western Australia, a research institute dedicated to improving lung health in Western Australia.