27. Words Have Power – Denise Pepper (WA)
Swaravoski crystals, plaster
70 x 130 x 30 cms
“Words have power. Their meaning and use crystallises perceptions, shaping beliefs and driving behaviour which ultimately creates our world. In this artwork, I chose the three words – Justice, Kindness and Humility – as words that have the ability ‘to help, to heal and make us humble.’ Their power arises from our emotional response when we read, hear, or speak them. Birds have a universal reference to peace, good luck and transcendence to a spiritual world. The reflecting nature of the crystals gravitates our attention to the message being conveyed.”
Denise Pepper is a Western Australian artist whose art applies an innovative use of materials and design to construct an imaginative concept. Pepper was the recipient of the Cottesloe Sculpture by the Sea 2017 WA Sculptor Scholarship and winner of the 2018 Kids’ Choice Award. She won the 2012 National Ranamok Art Glass Prize, the Ausglass Emerging Art Glass Artist in 2009 and numerous sculpture and People’s Choice awards in Australian exhibitions. She regularly exhibits in Australia and overseas, and most notably has exhibited regularly at Cottesloe and Bondi Sculpture by the Sea.