“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” Aristotle
Sculpture is my way of staying sane.
I think that to sculpt is an inherently selfish thing to do – it compels me to focus on one thing and one thing alone, the piece of clay or metal in front of me; and yet conversely, it is an act which is nothing if not generous. What is it for, unless you can share its existence with others? To watch how others react and interact with pieces, to see responses to my work gives me both pleasure and food for thought.
Simple things inspire me. The human form and the ability of people to interpret body language or complex facial expressions conveying emotion non-verbally, even frozen in a moment. The beauty of abstract shapes in cold metal, the strength of steel and particularly the negative space allowing light through and the realization that despite its strength, it too is vulnerable to weathering and age.
Sculpting in clay or using steel – each material having different properties and limitations, maintains the challenge of crafting the works as I imagine them… and yet so often I find pieces appear with little planning on my part, they evolve from the material on their own.
Adult education has been a blessing for me – having attended numerous courses, I continue to learn and hopefully improve.
I have sold numerous pieces into private collections.
Member of Surrey Sculpture Society