Grant Sutherland Auckland, NZ

As a child, Grant could be found outside deconstructing and reassembling any piece of machinery that crossed his path. It is a trait that carries across into his work today. While these fantastical figures you see are filled with the thrill and wonder of a young boy’s imagination, there is something deeper at work. In our disposable society we often throw away the best of the past. Nothing is made to stay and today’s planned obsolescence is simply designed to make the future pay. When it comes to the work of an assemblage artist, integrity is key. No material should be considered sacred yet virtually any object or part can be deemed precious. Each detail in any one of Grant’s figurines may take years to source. He does not use glue or weld, preferring rivets and secret attachments. The fittings are specially chosen to match the age of all the featured parts.

Photo supplied courtesy of Jason Burgess

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