Since being a young artist in the 80’s, I have used the human figure in my sculpture, feeling this to be relevant to my expression of the human condition. The two pieces ‘Red Head’ and ‘Green Serpent Head’ are pivotal works , and mark my development from figuration to abstraction.
The empty shell, once inhabited then seemingly abandoned or left behind on the seashore or in the garden. The ‘Femme Shell’ reminds us of the things in life we have out-grown or moved on from, something once valued and part of our everyday life, now a memory.
Inspired by the single celled organism, the simplicity of line, uncomplicated form, pure sculpture.
Green Polyphant (Cornish Soapstone)
This sculpture originates with my watercolour and pastel studies of root, tree and trunk formations.
I developed the ideas of growth, support, twisted form and allowed the sculpture to grow and abstract, concentrating on the sculptural form of the piece, without the constraint of a representational expression of form.
The shell form has been a recurring theme in my sculpture over the years. Shapes, forms and patterns repeat themselves in nature. When examining and drawing micro-organisms, I am struck by how forms can appear, at the same time, both familiar and alien.
The ellipse makes reference to the Luna cycle, the waning moon, and the undulating forms refer to the ribbed shapes left in the sand by an outgoing tide. Stone is a natural material, varied and individual, in this piece I have exploited a natural ‘flaw’ in the stone to create a two-tone texture to part of the sculpture, reminiscent of a luna landscape.