Wednesday, 30 May 2018
Saddened by the results of the presidential elections in November of 2016 I contacted my friends, students and colleagues to collect words of affirmation in as many languages possible. I used these words to form the basis of a labyrinth, a path of positivity to create balance.
The words are burned into my studio floor and are a reminder of the good things and people I have encountered in my life.
Thursday, 10 May 2018
It was also my New Years card for 2017
Wednesday, 9 May 2018
|Frost Drawing, Dec 28 2016|
The impromptu drawing fit magically into my garden winding around my pond and creating with its own unique character - I over the next few days I began dancing around the spiral and by Spring of 2017 I had created a lovely spiral dance path. I loved dancing a mile a day around the garden. It was a meditative and enjoyable work. I watched the seasons changes, certainly amused my neighbours as I gyrated silently attached to my headphones and many desperate genres of music and movement.
Best fun ever.
|100 Mile Dance May 2017|
Tuesday, 8 May 2018
The Watamu Spiral was the first of a long and continuing journey. I was invited to Local Ocean Trust, an oceanographic centre and turtle sanctuary in Watamu, Kenya. Here I had the privilege of being invited to create a prototype for a sculpture to illustrate the poignancy of the ocean and specifically the turtle's plight. As the spiral symbolises learning or the path to knowledge it was an appropriate image to confront the myriad concerns for ocean and turtle conservation. The spiral is made of illegally killed turtle shells. I hope one day, to complete the installation by creating a permanent piece for the sanctuary, For additional information on the sanctuary please go to:
LOCAL OCEAN TRUST: WATAMU TURTLE WATCH
The rocks had a primeval aura and adorning them with heart spirals seemed most fitting. This 'Heart Alter' is one of the 10 day series made at St Francis' This is two of three. I watched the rain and wind influence the designs and left the hearts to adorn the environment any way they found their place. It was lovely witnessing the evolution which occurred through natural causes
Monday, 7 May 2018
Here with the support and sponsorship of Ebeneser Farm and friends in Port Arthur I was able to create large and delicate works inspired by spirals and my on-going interest in ancient figures.
This 'Eve' is a path which as a spiral represents the journey from inexperience to understanding.
Size 30x12 ft.
Material local white stone
Sunday, 20 July 2014
The Eves project is an examination and celebration of the feminine in both women and men. Inspired by a visit to the British Museums’ Ice Age Exhibition, and a life long affection for the Venus of Willendorf, the venture asks us to applaud all facets of the feminine and tp enjoy the Eves in their collective and individual representations.
Eves invite manipulation and much like netsukes are intended at touch objects. Each Eve is hollowed and has a small fired heart. When the figure is moved, it makes a distinctive sound. Thus each Eve has unique form, surface and voice.
The material, like many primitive female forms, is clay. Where possible the clay is sourced wherever she is being created. Surprisingly material has been found at 5,000 feet in the Swiss Alps, the bottom of my garden in London and, in streams and seams throughout the world.
Eves are figures of the subconscious. While Eves frequently have a story there is never a story before they are made. They are the result of the energy and feelings I have while they are being created.
They form part of a larger project which is connected with the Native American practice of the 'give-away' and any funds raised through the sale of Eves is used to support non-profit programs and organisations.
Monday, 25 April 2011
Sunday, 4 July 2010
It's exciting to develop the ability to increase the scale and energy in these abstracted Vingerling stoneware sculptures. Toni Torso is the most recent in my series of abstracted observational sculptures. My focus is to create movement and provide as much information as possible with the minimum of material. She is finished with porcelain. This piece has been purchased by Bijou Wedding Venues and now resides at Botleys Mansion in Chertsey.
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
Toni Turning is a marquette for the larger Toni Torso. The inclusion of base and legs seems to ground the figure a little more. I am not convinced it has the same sense of freedom as Toni Torso.
The figure is made from Vingerling white stoneware and feathered with porcelain.
Saturday, 23 January 2010
Saturday, 11 April 2009
Friday, 3 April 2009
Thursday, 2 April 2009
Friday, 20 March 2009
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
Saturday, 14 February 2009
Friday, 13 February 2009
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
Monday, 9 February 2009
Wednesday, 9 July 2008
Friday, 27 June 2008
Sunday, 8 June 2008
Thursday, 5 June 2008
This is a terracotta demonstration piece I did for a college open day. It became a little more than a life study when I used the clay I'd removed from the hollowing process to make the figure's silhouette.
I enjoy juxtaposing the figures to create varying compositions, I particularly like the interplay of negative space.
12 x 8 x 8 cm ea.
Photography Ingrid Domeij
Monday, 2 June 2008
Blue Shoe Girl was inspired by one of my students who always wears very feminine shoes.
In this instance the figure was taken from our life model, and the addition of the shoes a tribute to Mae and her exceptional footwear collection.
26 x10 x 10 cm
Photography Pamela Hardenburg