Jimmy Rix

Roo with a selfie stick, 2016

Corten steel
150 x 111 x 220cm

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Two years ago, while deinstalling my sculpture at Sculpture by the Sea (Bondi), I heard the installation crew talking about how they witnessed a number of people taking selfies with each sculpture in the exhibition. I had also heard on the radio that selfie sticks were the most popular Christmas gift two years in a row. And this got me thinking, when did we become such a narcissistic society and how does social media create this behaviour. We are losing touch with our environment, community and culture by living our lives through the lens of a mobile phone attached to a stick that will become landfill in the not too distant future.
People are falling off cliffs in the pursuit of the perfect selfie; this self-absorbed Kangaroo is shooting himself in the foot…