It was over twenty years ago while on a camping trip in Licola Victoria that Peter hunted down a twig to hold his marshmallows over the campfire. He whittled away on a small branch until he was left with the perfect twig that could hold two marshmallows over the fire at once. It wasn’t until he’d finished all his treats that he noticed an abstract human form in the twig he was holding. At that very moment, he says it was as if his eyes had discovered nature for the first time.
Syndicas has had no institutional training as a sculptor. He innovated his techniques mainly through trial and error and an ambition to recreate these forms on a grander scale. When Peter exhibited his first sculpture publicly as a finalist in the 2005 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize he was introduced to the highly respected sculptor Silvio Apponyi, who took Peter under his wing. It was under the guidance of Apponyi that Peter was able to perfected new techniques in his handling of bronze as a medium. Shortly following that Peter was highly commended in the 2007 Waterhouse, and awarded Second Prize in the 2008 Waterhouse.
Since then Peter has endeavoured to explore new mediums such as mild and stainless steel, where he has created a unique woven and welded technique. He has also become quite fond of marble, and in particular South Australian marble varieties which he has hunted down throughout the state.
Syndicas continues to explore his fascination of fractals in nature, and takes great pleasure in the fact that he has an infinite source of inspiration surrounding him.
The twig pictured here is the “Marshmallow Stick” from Licola which was the original spark of inspiration that helped Syndicas discover nature.