A Vase of Infinite Folds and Surfaces

Simone LeAmon

A VASE OF INFINITE FOLDS AND SURFACES

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A decade ago French philosopher Gilles Deleuze wrote The Fold an exploration of the writings of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz a German polymath and philosopher. A text which has since inspired and influenced critical thinking into contemporary aesthetics, arts and sciences. A vase of infinite folds and surfaces by Simone LeAmon is a homage to Deleuze and his place in history as one of the greatest post-structuralist philosophers.

LeAmon’s vase uses the waste paper from the process of permanently pleating fabric for fashion garments. The paper is rolled many times on itself to produce a cylinder and immersed in molten wax repeatedly to build a structure sufficient for lost wax casting. The result is a bronze casting created from and displaying a folded surface, patinated in antiquity green.

Working internationally for two decades as a visual artist, industrial designer, design curator, writer and academic, Simone LeAmon has established a career as one of Australia’s foremost design practitioners, championing the importance of design and creativity, and the work of the creative communities we live in.

LeAmon received a Bachelor of Fine Art (Sculpture) from Victorian College of Arts in 1993 and Masters in Design (Industrial Design) from RMIT University, Melbourne in 2004. In 2007 LeAmon was identified as one of the world’s most exciting designers by Phaidon Press U.K published in design annual &fork. In 2009, she received The Cecily and Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award one of the most coveted accolades in Australian design, presented by the National Gallery of Victoria. Exhibiting internationally LeAmon’s work has appeared at the Design Museum London, Milan Triennale and Salone del Mobile, Milan. In 2011 she was awarded the Australia Council for the Arts, Greene Street Studio Residency in New York. 

In 2015 Simone LeAmon was appointed the Hugh Williamson Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture at the National Gallery of Victoria. In 2103 she was guest curator and co-exhibition designer for the product and furniture design component of Melbourne Now at the NGV, introducing design projects from 56 Melbourne designers and firms in the Melbourne Now Design Wall. LeAmon has lectured in the Industrial Design programs at: RMIT University, Melbourne since 2004; Faculty of Art and Design at Monash University, Melbourne; Swinburne University, Melbourne and; Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 

30cm x 8.5cm x 8.5cm

Bronze; Patination: ammonium chloride and cupric sulfate

2015

Melbourne, Australia

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