Bronwyn Oliver - sculptor 1959 - 2006
Husk was purchased at Roz Oxley9 Gallery in Paddington at Bronwyn Oliver's first major solo exhibition in Sydney 1987, "Objects from a Landscape". After the exhibition was over , getting 'Husk' home called for some invention as it was just a fraction over 2 meters long and my transport was a VW beetle. In the end "Husk" travelled from Paddington to Ultimo resting on towels and sticking out from the passengers window like a mobile phallic object.
We had also just finished re-building the back section of our terrace house and had a new lounge room with a 3mtr ceiling, a perfect home.
The receipt for purchase records the title of this piece as "Curl ", but a photograph on the Gallery website, names the work "Husk" and in the list of works by the artist, whose life time output, a total of 304 works, all listed by year, in Hannah Fink's definitive publication Bronwyn Oliver: Strange Things, no "Curl" is listed, only "Husk". Also note the original Oxley invitation which is in the archive along with the receipt just titles the exhibition "Bronwyn Oliver", while the book has it as "Objects from a Landscape". In the 30 or so years Husk has been in the collection, it is one of the works that draws the most comment, and as I write this, try as I might, I cannot recall anyone asking 'what is it called?'.