About the Artist: Fiona Nelson
My interest in working with steel emerged from my landscape design work. I wanted to create enduring art for the outside spaces we inhabit. While learning to weld at TAFE I was on a break and found myself surrounded by gum leaves littering the ground. Their form, their resistance to decay, insect damage, and colouration lend them perfectly to a version in steel. The process to make a leaf involves plasma, rolling, welding, and forging. The eucalyptus tree resonates deeply within Australians and so my leaves receive much appreciation and admiration. As garden art they are quintessentially Australian, displayed in the grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens they represent one aspect of this genus in almost scientific accuracy!
Fiona will have more work available at our in person exhibition in March 2022.