Title: ‘Cut down, Built up’ Is a series of new sculptural pieces, where I’m exploring balance in relation to sustainability and the built environment. To make the sculptures I use carpenters off cuts, mostly from certified Sapele, a hard wood from the Congo rainforest. This wood is also know as African Mahogany. All carpenters original markings are left in place. Individually the pieces are titled ‘Balance’. Pieces from the collection have exhibition dates but the complete collection has not yet been exhibited.
Title: ‘The Sculptor’ – Recycled metal, resin, gold leaf. This should be viewed while listening to the spoken recording below the image. Inspired by Aeolian (natural wind shaping) processes and the shape of some trees along the coast where I live. Where the south-westerlies have literally sculpted some of these trees over many years.
Title: ‘Sketch against the sky 1’ – recycled farm wire
Title: ‘Sketch against the sky 2’ – recycled farm wire
Title: ‘Architectural shaping’ – recycled metal, wood, mirror. I found myself making this sculptural piece when I was reading about Frank Gehry’s creative architectural journey. It is my small tribute to both him and his engineers.
Title: ‘Sun rise, Sun set’ – Hollowed out tree trunk on stone plinth. This sculpture is placed east-west. It is untreated and will degrade over time.
Title: ‘Tree shaping’ – Wood, gold leaf. This piece highlights organic shaping found in nature. It is untreated and will degrade over time.
Title: ‘Spirits Rising: – After a visit to a car wreckage scrap yard I made the sculpture below. While there, picking my way through the wrecked cars, I was shocked to see human hand imprints on the inside of one of the crashed car windscreens. Over the months following this visit I made the glass sculpture below incorporating the smashed windscreen glass I collected there with glass from a large pane of toughened glass I shattered for the project. This was a very emotional piece to work on. After exhibiting it I left it outside. It has now degraded and is completely gone.
Below: ‘Spirits rising’ took many months to make, it was a very gradual process of experimenting. Placing and layering, waiting for the layers to dry before repeating and shaping.
Title: ‘The plight of the honey bee’ – Recycled mirror, gold leaf, olive tree pollen, lifeless bee.