Growing up as an Australian/Filipino in regional Western Australia in the 1980s, elitism and excess combined with poverty and isolation to permeate Paddon’s upbringing. Her work is inspired by these memories and aspirational advertising that reflected the lavish and excessive lifestyles of that era. She has recently combined sculptural assemblage and photography, placing everyday items, products and packaging within refined still life arrangements, floating and reflected in coloured skies.
Elevating these everyday objects beyond their common use provides a subtle reminder of the commercialised society in which we exist.
Sherry Paddon is a multidisciplinary artist based in Perth, who uses photography and sculpture to explore themes such as memory, cultural heritage and overconsumption. Paddon grew up in country WA in the South Hedland (Ngarda Ngarli Yarndu) and Mid West (Yamaji Country) areas of WA. She has a Bachelor of Arts (2003) in Sculpture from Curtin University of Technology and postgraduate studies in art curation and secondary education.
Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions around Australia, in the Philippines and the United States of America, and she received a Creative Development Grant from the Western Australian Government for Sly Village (2017).