Student Profile: Terry Dawson

How long have you been at TBSSS?

I am in the first term of my second year at TBSSS. I am a “Wednesday evening with Christine” devotee.

Where do you travel from each week?

I work as an engineering manager at McMahons Point and travel from there to the studio each week. I live locally in Enmore though, so the studio is almost on my way home.

What do you do when you’re not sculpting?

I have a wide range of interests including radio and electronics, woodworking and generally making things. I have two valve radio restoration projects underway at the moment and am interested in building attractive and custom pieces of audio electronics. I play video games, enjoy whiskey and am learning bass guitar too.

What made you take up sculpting?

I’ve always been interested in making things but most of my projects in the past have focused on functionality – making things that work. I want to develop skills in design and I thought a focus on form would be interesting to pursue. Sculpture seemed an obvious avenue to do that. When I, by chance, found a couple of social connections to TBSSS, the decision made itself.

Tell us what you are working on currently…

Last term Christine encouraged me to pursue wire and wood as media for my work. I’m still very much learning how to exploit these to sculptural goals so I’m continuing to play and experiment with ideas and allowing inspiration to drive me as I go. I haven’t yet settled on what my next work will be, but I can feel it coalescing slowly so I will soon enough.

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