Sculpture is an act of co-creation alongside nature. Aden and Karena McLeod are Australian sculptors whose work embodies this belief, celebrating the harmonious interdependence of nature and humankind. Their art practice overlaps with their background in environmental and social activism, resulting in art that works toward a more beautiful and conscious experience with the world around us.
Community engagement is a core value for the McLeods. They see clearly the beauty of public sculpture’s ability to raise consciousness and create a collective experience in nature, and they draw upon that through their public works. Their work with monumental-scale sculpture in public spaces, such as their planned Tree of Life project, are a celebration of the environment, and an invitation for the public to join in celebrating its beauty. The McLeods use their artistic agency to offer a call to action: for us to continue to honor and revere the beauty of nature as society moves forward.
In addition to large-scale public works, the McLeods also work on a smaller and more personal scale. They have worked extensively in portraiture and abstraction in a variety of media, from bronze, ceramic, and wood, to mold making and lifecasting, and they even delve into the realm of furniture design—always working from a conscionable relationship with their materials. The McLeods create unique or limited-edition works, and occasionally offer editions for sale outside of their commissions.
Regardless of scale or location, the elements of joy, revelation, and harmony are what drive their artistic production and unite their work across mediums and disciplines. A philosophy of co-creation alongside nature is what gives the McLeods’ work roots that extend beyond the aesthetic level. For inquiries or for more information, feel free to contact the McLeods directly today.