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A Northam artist has showcased her work for the second year in a row at an event that features a bush version of Sculptures by the Sea.

Artist Revolution founder Patricia Rose has exhibited a sculpture as part of last weekend’s Darlington Arts Festival Sculptures on the Scarp showcase.

Ms Rose’s sculpture, months in the making, depicts a decaying leaf, a concept she said tied in well with the Darlington location.

“It’s about returning to earth and eternal life,” Ms Rose said.

“The leaf grows from a seed on the forest floor, becomes a leaf, comes back to the forest floor to return to the forest – it is the constant eternal life.

“It’s supposed to look like when the leaf decays and it leaves the skeleton behind.”

She said the piece also holds an environmental message.

“I want the emphasis to be on debris that is being burnt away with over-prescribed burns,” Ms Rose said.

“We need debris on the ground to regenerate the earth – that’s the main point I want to make.

“There’s always been this idea that because Aboriginal people burnt off then therefore that is what we need to do, but now we over-do it.”

The Northam-based artist was part of the inception of the Sculptures on the Scarp at last year’s Darlington Arts Festival.

“Sculptures on the Scarp was a huge hit in 2018 and this year under the curatorship of Mikaela Castledine it has attracted some really big names and some quite sizable pieces of work,” event organisers said.

“Mikaela, a veteran of Sculpture by the Sea, has the knowledge and passion to make the beautiful scarp at Darlington transition into an outdoor gallery to rival the pacific ocean.”

Ms Rose was one of 30 artists showcased at Sculptures on the Scarp.

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