While we have fantastic mapping and visual technological aids to help us map our progress though the landscape, I find that it is my physical journey that best informs my work so rely on my memory of a journey to make these works.
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
Note on new sculptural work at The Pound Arts, Corsham. June 2017
Ancient Landscapes; New Lines
Pound Pill, Corsham, Wiltshire. SN13 9HX
Notes on my work
For anyone that has followed the progress of my sculptural work, there are developments afoot.
The Landscape NH series of modular sculptures are based on familiar landscapes around Puthall Farm, towards Axford, Ramsbury and Mildenhall which I have walked, cycled and ridden for the last fifteen years. The shapes and formations of the landscape and field boundaries; marks made by man on the land, have informed the lines and contours of the works as I have remembered them from repetitive journeys. Familiar motifs of woodland peaks catching the sun, holloways and chalk pits are all represented in these works which are reflections on a journey across a remembered space.
The Lifeline sculptures started from a point of recognition of the historical and archeological features that surround Marlborough, Wiltshire. The nails mark those specific points of a journey on a to-scale map. This was the beginning of the journeys and landscapes work and is for me, a significant and important move towards a new subject and style.
The new work, Lifeline Part 2A and 2B are drawings in forged steel of a part of the journey to my new home in the Pewsey Vale. Repetition of a journey is backed up by sketching and photography enabling me to capture the essence of the space in which I am physically moving. These pieces are made with the height of the hills to scale and may be recognizable to some who are familiar with that landscape.
The making process of the Lifeline works is integral to the work. Hot-forged lines, worked in three dimensions with changing sections of steel give the sensation of the movement through the landscape. The way in which hedges squeeze us tight and landscape features and immovable boundaries make us move or make our eye follow a path. The delicate and spindly nature of the new work is intentional, it reminds me of the fragility of the world we live in.
The Journey pieces follow the paths and routes that I take regularly on foot, bike or horseback and are often circuitous. The process of forging the route allows me to get the sensation of moving though the landscape. These works are also to scale and made from remembered motion.
The way in which I work is following a formula of drawing and measuring, forging then forming. The title numbers are a reference to the circumference of the work and each one is unique, a rarity it seems in the sculpture world of editions.
I am looking forward to finding a client who wants to commission me to make their landscape in either the forged variation of Lifeline or formed like the larger Landscape pieces. If you would like to discuss this option please get in touch with me.
I am fortunate enough to live and travel across the most stunning landscape so close to my home, I want to say look at this natural resource all around us – don’t look through little screens and camera viewers – look, feel and sense the shapes, lines, places, paths, don’t take it for granted, it is so special.