From pain to passion | Cranbourne Star News

By Marcus Uhe

Cranbourne artist Wayne Ryan turned to sculpture and recreational metalwork during a dark time.

Following the loss of his younger brother David, Mr. Ryan needed something to take his mind off things and escape reality.

A metalworker by trade who started out as an apprentice working with sheet metal, it became more than just a distraction.

“It’s something I never thought I’d be interested in,” Mr. Ryan recalls.

“I was moping all the time (after David died).

“It was an unfortunate situation, but something good came out of it.”

The ingenious Mr. Ryan makes the most of recyclable materials such as scrap metal and old car parts for his designs, which benefits the environment and reduces costs.

Among his creations, he took old skateboards and replaced the wheels with luminous globes to make light fixtures.

Finding treasure in materials where others can see trash adds to the spontaneity and freewheeling spirit of the hobby.

“I find the fun is in scrounging up bits and making things out of other things.

“I don’t have any style or theories that I could relate to. It’s more about what comes to mind and what’s available.

“I have no training; what I propose is based on materials and thoughts.

“There is no plan, I just do what comes to mind.”

The decision to stop working on a piece can be the hardest part of the creative journey.

Mr Ryan said he had learned not to aspire to perfection because it would ruin his style.

He also feels that it helps to distinguish between his professional world and his hobby.

“What I do at work has to be of a very high standard and costs money.

“Doing your own thing doesn’t matter if it’s a little twisted; it adds a natural touch.

“It helps establish a cut-off point between fabrication and reality.”

Mr. Ryan recently exhibited his works at the What’s On Cardinia Showcase, the first time he has displayed his pieces in an exhibition, and was invited to demonstrate his skills as a sculptor while commenting on his creative process.

While carving isn’t his number one art style, his favorite piece is a padlock he crafted from stone, seven times the size of a standard lock, which takes pride of place in his kitchen family room. .

While he doesn’t have an end goal for his job, Mr. Ryan doesn’t plan to lay down the tools anytime soon.

“It’s one of those things where you look back and think, ‘Why didn’t I do this 20 years ago?

“The interest will always be there. As long as I’m still able, health-wise, I’ll keep doing it.

The What’s On Cardinia showcase is accessible free of charge at the Cardinia Cultural Center until Sunday, March 20 every day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., except Monday.