Alice WHISH, Milky Way constellation Enlarge 1 /1


Inverell, Australia born 1960

Milky Way constellation 2004 Place made: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: metalwork, mild steel, powder-coated mild steel: laser-cut, hand-fabricated, welded, braised and powder-coated

Dimensions: 19.0 d 54.0 diameter cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2005
Accession No: NGA 2005.85

This work – a tubular ring of laser-cut steel elements in the shape of stars, designed to be suspended or wall-mounted – developed from Alice Whish’s research into the imagery of star constellations and the technical possibilities of laser-cutting and computer-aided design. While it has resulted from high technical and mathematical complexity, its ethereal quality is emphasised by its apparent weightlessness and transparency. Whish does not provide any point of reference for the viewer in the structure of the work, instead allowing the eye to drift across and through its visual permutations.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra