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Loose Leaf - A Studio Full of Natural Materials and Sculptural Artworks

As artists, Wona Bae and Charlie Lawler have walked an ever-shifting path of creative evolution since first meeting in Germany in 2004.

By: THURSD. | 29-09-2021 | 2 min read
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Artists Wona Bae (South Korea) and Charlie Lawler (Australia) from Loose Leaf are a collaborative duo based in Melbourne, known internationally for their installations and sculptures that navigate the visceral and symbiotic connections between people and nature.

The Creative Evolution of Loose Leaf Studio

As artists, Wona Bae and Charlie Lawler have walked an ever-shifting path of creative evolution since first meeting in Germany in 2004. Their partnership has since explored a variety of artistic persona’s, pushing their unique yet cohesive backgrounds, which have seen them both surrounded by nature and art, to a point that they now – with their identity firmly established in Loose Leaf – occupy a singularly unique area of the creative landscape.
Loose Leaf - A Studio Full of Natural Materials and Sculptural Artworks Wona Bae and Charlie Lawler All images courtesy of wonacharlie.com

Creating Dialogue With Surrounding Space and Architecture

Their installations are often site-specific and create a dialogue with the surrounding architecture or space. Their artworks deconstruct and distort familiar natural forms and present new landscapes to be considered and explored. Bae and Lawler present the natural world as active and central in an era of polarisation, inequality, inaction, and apathy. The duo's work combines installation, sculpture, relief, sound, and photographs documenting ephemeral interventions. Loose Leaf - A Studio Full of Natural Materials and Sculptural Artworks Floral Installation Loose Leaf - A Studio Full of Natural Materials and Sculptural Artworks Floral Installation Loose Leaf - A Studio Full of Natural Materials and Sculptural Artworks Floral Art Loose Leaf - A Studio Full of Natural Materials and Sculptural Artworks Floral Art

Stepping Into a New Era

After a metamorphosis of sorts, Loose Leaf is stepping into a new era, carefully guided by Bae and Lawler and staying true to their original philosophy which explores themes of life and death, impermanence, material temporality, and the restorative power of nature. Their collaborative works are now predominantly commissioned as individual works, or as part of large public art commissions that redefine the context of nature in the urban landscape and hint at the ever-present relationship between the two. Loose Leaf - A Studio Full of Natural Materials and Sculptural Artworks Floral Exposition Loose Leaf - A Studio Full of Natural Materials and Sculptural Artworks Floral Exposition

Loose Leaf Exposition at AGNSW

Loose Leaf's latest exposition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia), called Regenerator, is conceived as a cosmic filter for the city, harnessing the properties of charcoal to detoxify, energize, repair, and revive the space around it.

More Information About the Artists

They also have a series called ‘Hover Wreaths’ – giant sculptural wreaths of different natural materials that they install in urban settings to delight and interact with the public. These works blur the line between the art and the viewer and encourage participation and reaction - with people jumping through the wreaths and posing for selfies. For more information about the artistic duo, visit the Loose Leaf website or discover more of their creations on Instagram.

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