About Ross Annels

Ross with Shemple sculpture, image by Kim Guthrie.

Ross is a studio furniture maker, branching out through wood art to larger multi-media sculptural pieces. He co-directs the Cooroora Institute: sharing the song of the earth through creative practice, and bringing together artists, musicians and intellectuals interested in the artistry of place. His work investigates the partnerships that become possible in the making with natural materials and ways to express the many more-than-human creative practices in the world. Birdsong becomes furniture, wood grain becomes block prints, leaves become copper sculptures; the politics of humanity rewoven into the ecology of the earth.

Ross says, "I hope by building collaborative practice with other artists and with the places we inhabit we might all be inspired to step more joyfully and lightly upon this world, to which all life is inextricably and indivisibly bound."

Ross makes work for exhibition, for public spaces and for Australian and international clients, combining traditional making techniques with innovative contemporary designs.

In his timber based work, Ross uses timbers sourced from sustainably managed resources, with small sections of timber using minimal forms, and with experimental techniques using plantation timbers. Ross has exhibited in Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Canada, and his work is in homes and private collections around the world.