Alexandra Spalding


Artist Statement

The scientific phenomenon entropy describes the irreversible escalation of chaos in the universe; the decay of order and surge of the arbitrary. My work explores the volatile relationship between man and nature, and the restorative tendencies of the human condition.

A house stands alone on an uprooted rocky precipice — a previously passive suburban scene upturned into dystopian chaos. Preserving such a delicate home amidst the chaotic environment places the viewer somewhere between instant destruction and uncanny existence. This coexistence of binaries is unsettling; man's thirst for comprehension and knowledge override his ability to feel at rest in the unknown.

Artwork Process

Everything in my work except for the greenery was handmade. The house is made from painted balsa wood with a corrugated cardboard roof. I first created a paper model to determine the dimensions of the walls, windows and roof. Then I constructed a wooden framework upon which I affixed tiny strips of weatherboard cladding. The window frames, steps, picket fence and the door are also made from balsa wood. The base is constructed from layers of carved foam coated in soil and glue.

About the Artist

  • Name: Alexandra Spalding
  • School: St Aidan’s Anglican Girls School (Corinda)
  • Artwork: Entropy
  • Media: Balsa wood, styrofoam, cardboard, synthetic polymer paint, soil, rocks

Nature is something I am intrinsically drawn to in both art and life. I enjoy trying to comprehend the natural world and learning about the scientific phenomena underpinning it. This reoccurring theme has become apparent in my work which combines my fascination with the study of science with my love for art. Imposing the freedoms of visual art onto the rigid laws of physics has brought me to terms with the ambiguous beauty of not knowing. This allows me to become more forgiving of the gaps in human knowledge and embrace the universe’s great mysterious which we may never solve!