Wayne Z Hudson
Wayne was born in Burnie, Tasmania and completed an apprenticeship in upholstery and later studied Fine Arts at the School of Art, Hobart, University of Tasmania, where he completed his PhD degree in 2000. (Furniture Design).
He travelled to Europe and America for six months supported by Australian Council for the Arts, where he studied various courses, including blacksmithing. He undertook two, 3-month internships at Albert Paley’s Studio’s, Rochester, New York and a six-month artist in residency
program in Auckland, New Zealand. In 2000 he was awarded the Cite d Arts in Paris for a 3-month residency, supported by the Australian Council of the Arts.
From 2002 – 2012 he was Head of the Sculpture Studio, University of Tasmania, Launceston.
His work focuses on the space between Functionality (Seating) and Sculpture. His interest lies in the connection between people, including rural and urban situations. He is also interested in telling stories about his Tasmanian experiences and his family’s settlement since 1855.
His methodology is based on using traditional techniques and lost crafts such as forging steel, wet molding and stitching leather, which he combines with contemporary techniques to intertwine together to create works directed towards seating and sculptural forms.
His intention is to extend the boundaries of soft and hard materials to invite visual ambiguity, therefore highlighting the tactile and sensual properties that become inherent in the work.