After working closely with the CCS research and development team, Gold Coast artist, Ilia Chidzey has produced the first of what will hopefully be many full depth coloured polished GFRC (Glass Fibre Reinforced Concrete) and mixed media artworks. Through time consuming experimentation with various formulations, an extremely high strength, stable and malleable concrete blend has resulted. While there are no plans to make this mix commercially available, it opens up opportunities for sculpting as well as moulding. Ilia is particularly impressed with the intensity of colour resulting from the use of CCS oxides. The clay-like nature of this particular blend of concrete, limitless range of aggregates available and the opportunity for experimentation means this new medium offers exciting and versatile creative opportunities. Ilia says she find herself spending a lot of time wandering around aquarium and pet shops studying aggregates and scheming of new ways to utilise this exciting concrete blend. The strength of this concrete and its glass fibre reinforcement means that using the right technique it can produced in sections that are as thin as 3mm and still retain great structural integrity.
‘This is possibly the most exciting media I have ever worked with!’ said Ilia. ‘I can’t stop thinking of different way to push this material. Every piece is an experimental adventure.’