Tatton creates three dimensional works as commentaries on contemporary society, drawing on ancient civilisations and indigenous cultures for inspiration.
He is a finalist in the 2007 Helen Lempriere Sculpture Award, with its first prize of $80,000 in cash and $25,000 for professional development. Fellow Tasmanian, sculptor Matt Calvert, is also a finalist in Australia’s richest sculpture award.
A delighted Tatton told Tasmanian Times last night that he won the Sydney Water prize for a sculpture made from a stack of firewood in the form of an Ancient Greek urn, inspired by the Sumerian epic of Gilgamesh, the oldest recorded story in history .
Gilgamesh was the King of Uruk in Babylonia — in modern Iraq — in 2700 BC. The greatest king on earth, he cut down the fabled Cedar Forest after killing Humbaba, the nature spirit of the forest, and used the precious timber for buildings and vast gates in Uruk. Before he dies, Humbaba puts a curse upon the king.
The Sydney Water prize is for an environmental work which utilises materials from the natural world.
“My work uses firewood and has climate change references,” Tatton said. “It also has references to Gilgamesh, who burned the cedar forests 5000 years ago. We are still destroying our forests.”
Sculptures by the Sea occurs around the nation but the premier event is at Bondi. Selected exhibitors this year included Tasmanian artist Ellie Nuss and WA wool classer and artist Catherine Higham. As Catherine Brown, Higham grew up in Launceston and spent a year at the Tasmanian School of Art in Hobart.
Tasmanian master craftsman Marcus Tatton won the $10,000 Sydney Water prize at the 2006 Sculptures by the Sea Bondi official opening in Sydney last night (November 2).