Untitled by Terry Wiliams

Terry Williams

Australia | b. 1952

Williams has worked with Arts Project Australia since 1989. The highly respected Melbourne-based non-profit arts organization offers studio support, artist representation and exhibitions to artists with intellectual disabilities. Williams’s body of work, including the soft sculptures for which he has become famous, revolves around his fixations on science fiction movies and extra-terrestrials, animals, and the structures and devices of modern life.

The artist confronts our expectations that sculpture should be stable, solid, and unmoving. His objects become strangely alive with sensual appeal. Their pliable surfaces are smooth and supple like skin; their curves droop unpredictably like bodies. The sculptures are gestural and bold, both familiar to us but also unfamiliar, with their drooping forms, soft, flexible materials, and expressive patterns and details.

Williams has exhibited in solo and group shows in Australia and internationally, including Arts Project Australia, Melbourne, the Melbourne Art Fair, The Museum of Everything MONA,

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Untitled

Year: 2015

Medium: Mixed media

Courtesy of Arts Project Australia

ArtPrize Vote Code: 68565

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Untitled by Terry Williams; 2015. Material, stuffing, wool.

Dimensions in inches, in order of height, width, and depth: 53.9×20.5×3.9

The work is comprised of a patchwork assembly of stuffed cloth fragments sewn together so that it resembles a nearly 4 ½’ tall ladder with five rungs. The top two rungs are stretched straight across whereas the bottom three rungs have a slight curve or crease due to their increasing length. One of the side rails is approximately 6” taller than the other. Both rails are made of sewn cloth fragments that are nearly twice as thick as the rungs between them. Though the rails are sewn with a patchwork of colors, each of the top four rungs have a standout color. From top to bottom, they are red, sky blue, dark green, and violet. Loose threads can be observed at the ends of stitches throughout the work.

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Guitar

Year: 2017

Medium: Mixed media

Courtesy of Arts Project Australia

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Guitar, by Terry Williams; 2017. Material, stuffing, vinyl, wire, wool.

Dimensions in inches, in order of height, width, and depth: 45.3×11×6.3

The work is comprised of a patchwork assembly of cloth and vinyl fragments that have been sewn together to resemble a stuffed guitar. Cloth fragments form the main body, with vinyl used to create gray frets sewn with an orange thread. The strings of the guitar are represented by white yarn that frays at its ends. The neck of the guitar is made up of a both light green and yellow fabrics that have been stitched together with a bright green thread. The body of the guitar is a patchwork of cloth including light gray, yellow, as well as a swatch of red and white checkerboard that has been bound by threads of various colors. Loose threads are readily visible at the ends of stitches throughout.

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