Receiving the scholarship in 2003, Soozie Coumbe was able to work on a sculptural project in a rural village in Japan. There, she was part of a team of assistants who worked with the local community of Nanatsugama to realise a community sculpture by Australian artist Anne Graham for inclusion in the Echico Tsumari Art Triennial.

“As a practicing rural artist this opportunity to see and be involved in an international sculpture event was invaluable,” says Soozie.

For artist Soozie Coumbe her primary material is salvaged timber from forests. From there they become elements within unique sculptures,that also feature tiny little people. "I wanted to put a human scale in there. It's to do with human interaction with nature. They become these objects of care."

Soozie Coumbe