James and Eleanor Avery have been collaborating on large scale sculpture and installation projects, including commissioned public art projects, since 2004. They work between Brisbane, Australia, and London, UK and many of their works have developed out of international studio residencies. James and Eleanor make works which sit somewhere between fiction and documentary, replicated and real, and which are imbued with a sense of postmodern irony. Their works are a play-off between humour and the absurd, where they use high end fabrication methods in conjunction with a low-tech craft approach to explore these oppositional but interconnected conditions. Their work often begins with an exploration of a historical site or event, which they reinterpret and reformulate with pop culture references, creating leaps across varying hierarchies and value systems. Their practice is strongly collaborative and occasionally competitive, and the process and outcome is driven by this congruence of friction and accord. They specifically look for the power structures within society, where they find themselves searching for the ‘hero’ in everything, or at the very least, the desire to be that ‘hero’. James and Eleanor work across a broad range of materials and techniques, utilising computer engineering software and industrial and handcraft methods. Their working process often employs geometry and physics, forming a hybrid between the natural and the man-made.