Jordan Sprigg Sculptures
Q1. How old are you, and tell me a little bit more about your background, how long you’ve been an artist for and when you started working with metals?
A. I am 27 years old. I studied psychology at university but never really felt that I wanted a career in it. In 2013 I moved back to the family farm to take a gap year and give myself some time to explore my more creative side. While at home I tried my hand at making sculptures out of scrap metal, I was surprised with how much people liked it. I started to get orders and decided to end my pursuit of becoming a psychologist at that point in time.
Q2. What moved/inspired you to start working with metal? Was it more the technical characteristics of the material? The reusable aspect of it? Or perhaps the plastic/design side of it?
A. I started working with metal because of the pure abundance that was available to me. I was born and raised on a farm in rural Western Australia, and farms often accumulate large amounts of rusted scrap metal, which can include sheet metal, but also retired tools and machine parts. The more I started using it the more I fell in love with the stories behind each piece, the unique rust colouring, as well as the different shapes and items that I could integrate into my pieces.
Q3. Talking about numbers, how many pieces have you created? Who do you sell them to? And how many pieces do you usually sell per month and for how much?
A. Since starting in 2014 I have completed approximately 60 pieces, which are now scattered all over Australia and New Zealand. My buyers are a range of people, from farmers to even those who work in corporate businesses. Some pieces only take me around seven days, where other projects take 3 months. My pieces range from $2,000 with my most expensive pieces to date being $65,000.
Q4. How does your work inspire people to think about reusing recyclable materials?
A. I hope it encourages viewers to reconsider the beauty of something that was once thrown out. Something as simple as scissors or a wrench could be the missing puzzle piece for me, and I love that I get the opportunity to bring it back to life.
For more find me on instagram or at www.jordanspriggsculptures.com.au