Commissioned Work for Mater Christi College, Belgrave, Australia

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mater christi sculptures wood Letter of commendation from Mater Christi (click to read larger version)

Many visitors and then students have been surprised, amazed and then greatly excited by the wooden sculpture newly placed at the front entrance of the school.  Ronnie used salvaged cedar from the Dandenong Ranges to create a sculpture of the story of the Good Samaritan parable.

Ronnie has used the individual characteristics of the timber such as knots and cracks become the fundamental features of the work itself.

“l believe that we should work with nature, rather than making nature work for us, that is why l work with cracks and imperfections and incorporate them into my overall design” – Ronnie

She then uses rocks, fabric, leaves set in resin and gold leaf to enhance some of the imperfections, adding a new, vibrant energy to her work.

In the creative process of carving, Ronnie’s aim was to bring out the story of the Good Samaritan through her sculpture, capturing the essence of the mercy and compassion shown by the Samaritan to the Jew. “In this endeavour it is my job to listen, feel and be guided by The Holy Spirit. This is what brings a piece of art work alive. It is this presence of the sacred that resonates and uplifts the viewer. This is what l believe is the true job of an artist and my job as a sculptor”

I invite everyone to spend some time reflecting upon, touching and then being touched by this wonderful piece of religious art.

Future generations of Mater Christi families will also to take inspiration from the parable of the Good Samaritan through our most beautiful sculpture in the main entrance.  Ronnie interprets her vision to create a magnificent representation of our timeless and challenging story.

 

The Ascension

2010 commission carved in 1.5m x 1.5m Gum burl, and salvaged Cedar wood from the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria. The carving hangs in the reception area of Mater Christi College.

The Good Samaritan Sculpture