explores masculinity as a social construct. Continuing in Meakin’s iconic style, the work presents a vision of masculinity that is equal parts soft, squishy, rounded and open, yet rendered in a material that is hard, and with a posture that often times resembles the muscle men of body building fame. Meakin’s work aims to initiate an open dialogue about social pressures and the repercussions our embedded desire to conform to social expectations has on both our physical and mental state. This work has been 3D printed to gain impact through sheer scale, comparable in size to the human form. The sculpture's shell is 3D printed with PLA plastic via a layering process, whereby an STL file holding the information which describes the surface geometry of the 3D shape is used to command the printer's movements. The shell is internally reinforced with expanding foam and finished with an external coat of automotive paint. Low Energy
is one of 51 works selected as finalists in the 2021 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award. Printed by Artcom Fabrication.