Daniel Press, Haunted Hobart (Bengaluru India), 2023
Daniel Press is a sculptor, curator, and PhD candidate at UNSW Art & Design. In his sculptural practice, Press uses the copying potential of digital fabrication and lost-wax casting processes to destabilise the tradition of monument-making.
Monuments of the British monarchy are embedded within public spaces across the Commonwealth realm. For Send-Off, Press communicated with public art authorities in Australia and beyond to coordinate 3D scans of these effigies. The resultant wax-cast sculptures are ghostly beings: each bearing the residue of inconsistent protocols, technologies, levels of access, and states of deterioration. The exhibition gathers these 'unstable monuments' together, before their dispersal to interstate locations.
This project is supported by the Woollahra Council Community and Cultural Grants Program.