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Aviva Same





Dismembrium 2 fuses aluminium and wood, melding these materials to create a whole. The work uses molten aluminium to fill in and permanently fix the timber members together. A section has been cut through the join to expose the aluminium core and illustrate how the piece fixes together and functions. It was produced as part of the Ex-Lab subject at Melbourne University in Semester 1 of 2021.

IMAGE > Aviva Same, Dismembrium 2, 2021, maple and aluminium, 48 x 40 x 60 cm. Image courtesy of the artist.
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Lockdown has made me more aware of the things I use and how I interact with them. I have become a lot more appreciative of design that can be utilised for multiple purposes, such as tables and chairs that can move and adjust for different functions and activities.


It has altered my practice considerably. I have become a lot more considered and careful with my approach when making, particularly spending more time, and relishing in the detail than I have in the past.


I have been excited to re-explore my neighbourhood and find delight in the details, shops with changing displays are something that has really caught my eye recently as it seems slightly absurd when we cannot go into them. I appreciate shops that do this though as it provides a sense of normalcy to see things like this change when it feels as if our lives are on pause.

I have become a lot more considered and careful with my approach when making, particularly spending more time, and relishing in the detail than I have in the past.



My living room is my favourite room, it is where I do all of my entertaining and also relaxing. My couch is my favourite place to sit and sketch and cuddle with my dog.


My most meaningful design object in my house is the first piece of furniture I ever made, a bench which sits opposite my kitchen. It was a lot of hard work and I learned so much through making it. It was what sparked my passion for making furniture.


My favourite recipe is a slow cooked beef cheek ragout with home made pasta. It takes forever and is so much effort but the flavour and change in the meat from tough to buttery soft never ceases to amaze me.




IMAGES [Top to bottom] > All images courtesy of the artist. Recipe image source: unsplash.


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