FROM GREG's BLOG:
Karragarra Island in Southern Moreton Bay has always been a place of release and freedom to me. In 2015 I had an awesome experience on the islands with entering the inaugural Girt By Sea exhibition. The following year we returned to enjoy another stint on the island.
This year I entered the competition again, with two works that cut to the heart of what it means to be a sculptor and to lay bare your own soul in the context of the work.
The two sculptures - Curlew's Viewpoint and Flightful Tinnie - are both a homage to the Curlew and to two related experiences: the first in 2015 when I pitched a tent next to Lighfboat on Karragarra and multitudes of curlews visited me overnight, and the accident I later had, which landed me in hospital in November 2016 for two months. While laying in bed in the hospital I dreamed in a semi conscious state about making wings that would lift me out of where I was and fly me to freedom, and of rising above the pain and confusion I was feeling.
Flightful Tinnie carries forward the notion of escape, lofty intentions, the ability to realise that we're able to rise above any troubled waters. It's an optimistic piece, instead of on top of a 'frightful' experience, it is a 'Flightful' experience.