Synergy Group, Synergy & Unswept Floor

Country : Australia

Price : $20,000. For sales enquiries contact treasurer@maanz.org

Materials : Smalti, stone, vitreous glass, handmade glazed porcelain, unglazed porcelain, cardboard

Dimensions : 230 x 230 x 5 cms

Synergy is a collaborative wall installation of 450 discrete cells, made during the extended Victorian Covid-19 lockdowns of 2020. It expresses the joy and humour from the experience of being alone, together. Synergy also celebrates resilience and the place of humankind within a greater, more powerful mother nature.

Pandemic life has many unpredictable twists and turns. It’s hard to imagine, but sometimes being forced to be separated makes people even more determined to do things together. And so it is the uniqueness of individual, yet shared experiences that Synergy seeks to convey.


Country : Australia

Price : Not for Sale

Materials : Smalti, marble, handmade glazed porcelain

Dimensions : Various

The Unswept Floor is a multi-panel collaborative floor installation depicting foods and objects associated with eating. Inspired by the Greco-Roman genre of Asaraton (meaning ‘the unswept floor’), it depicts items associated with dining as though they have been randomly strewn from a dining table. Each artist chose their own subject; from a mouse nibbling cheese, to sections of nuts, fruit and fish…even a discarded face mask lending a 2020 twist on this mosaic tradition attributed to the 2nd century Greek mosaicist Sosos. Each item was made in the artists’ own studios, in consultation with one another. The final installation convincingly presented them as recently unearthed sections of the same ancient floor.

Synergy Group:
Helen Bodycomb,
Chris Baines
Rhonda McGuiness
Ruth Maclaren
Christine Nixon
Amanda Tattam
Judith Watson