TERRAIN SHELVING, 2010
modular shelving system
760w x 170d x 125mm h
650w x 200d x 350mm h

500w x 170d x 570mm h
two-pack enamel on substrate

 

  

The three shelving modules can be arranged in limitless forms, engaging the user to interact with the objects by determining how it is composed in a space; be it dense and convoluted, wrapping around walls, creating niches or frames. It seizes one’s attention towards small yet highly valued personal possessions within a space.

The works reference structure in nature through the repetition of a simple two-dimensional shape (triangular), to create irregular three-dimensional forms. The form becomes open to interpretation; referencing a large mountainous landscape or tiny limpet-like sculptural wall attachments. The work forms part of a group of works examining ideas of desire, consumption and ‘want’ in an era of sustainability; and an emotional connection to objects through memory, physical engagement and ambiguous forms. 

"...we have items whose use we might spot more easily, but whose relationship to a dominant idea of such use is more layered. For example, take Penelope Forlano's Terrain shelves. Should these be sullied by a book? These are a multi-layered fixture, as sculptural as an installation, yet as useful as any flat surface." Martin, G. 2011

 

Manufacturer: Composite Components
Images courtesy of CraftACT, photographs by Creative Image Photography
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Exhibited at; 'Embracing Innovation' CraftACT, Canberra, Australia. April 1- May 7, 2011


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