Dr Elizabeth Presa
"Torso" was installed as part of the original sculpture exhibition in 1984.
"Isaac's View" was installed in 1989 as part of Governor . Davis McCaughey's visit to the region.
I made the sculpture ‘Isaac’s View’ in 1989 in my studio in Melbourne. It was modelled in clay then cast into cement fondu and patinated with various colours.
At this time I was interested in how the human form can be represented in multiple configurations and gestures, so that the negative spaces become as important as the solid forms. Choosing a biblical theme - the sacrifice of Isaac by his father, Abraham, which was prevented by an angel at the last minute - allowed me to work with three figures – an angel, a child and an adult.
The theme speaks to the idea that older generations will often sacrifice the young even though they love them. This has been the case throughout history where the young are sent to war, and whenever their futures have been compromised or stolen. This is happening now with the catastrophic effects of climate change which threatens to steal children’s futures.
Perhaps we can hope for another angel to come to stop the destruction and bring peace to the earth for all that inhabits the land, seas and sky.