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PlasticScene 17

  • LOCATION: The Festival Hub, 46 Northbourne Ave : Civic
  • ARTIST/S: Effie Dee
  • WHEN: 5 April 2017 - 9 April 2017


PlasticScene is an ongoing project exploring surface design and landscape creation on a variety of scales, using technicolor craft materials and inspired by natural patterns of growth. PlasticScene started as a series of small plasticine studies in petri dishes, and has grown to become an ever changing ecosystem of alien lifeforms. PlasticScene 17 is the culmination of several mixed media experiments to create a walk in installation designed to be appealing, but unsettling. Deep in a cave, at the bottom of the uncanny valley, lies this small room of synthetic life. Climb inside and let it love you.

This work is not accessible by people who use wheelchairs; it involves crawling into a box through a narrow opening. Samples of the interior surfaces are available to explore outside the installation.


Effie Dee is a Canberra-based weirdo, making technicolor sculptures from daggy craft materials. Miss Dee has a passion for classic and traditional craft techniques, as well as modern and synthetic materials. With a degree in textiles, and an interest in designing trinkets and accessories, she can be a hard artist to define. All she wants is to create works that make you want to reach out and touch them. Effie’s current body of work is largely focused on pattern design and surface creation, but she dreams of one day working in mixed media stop motion animation.

  • Photo: Effie Dee