Oil paint and wax on canvas and board. 100 x 100cm
Back at the beginning of 2020, before the Covid crisis began, I had decided to make some haptic sculptures.
Haptic: relating to the sense of touch, particularly relating to the perception and manipulation of objects using the senses of touch and proprioception.
Visitors to a Gallery or Art Museum are kept at a distance from the sculptures and told not to touch - with good reason in many cases - as the patina on a bronze or the delicate finish that the artist has made, is easily damaged. That doesn’t help the viewer though, sculpture is often something that we want to touch!
My idea was that the visitors to my exhibition would be able to pick up the sculptures, to feel and experience the shape and texture of the piece. Covid has made that impossible at the moment.
During the lockdowns I have been working at home, on small clay sculptures that have been fired at Artworks. The first of these pieces were made in white clay. For this exhibition I have made work in clay which, when fired, is black. These small sculptures are made to fit in your hand, they are made to be held and experienced.
It is ironic that my sculptures for this online exhibition cannot be touched, but I hope that you enjoy looking at them. Should you itch to touch them- please contact me to purchase them!
July Open Studios
During the lockdowns I have been working at home on a series of small ceramic sculptures. These small pieces fit in your hand and are intended to be touched and enjoyed. They have been fired at Cambridge Artworks. Visit our gallery in July 2021 to see these and some of my other work.
I love the process of making bronze - making work in the same way that artists have worked for thousands of years!
I have a fascination with process and the road that a new artwork takes towards completion. My bronze sculptures show a flash of a face, drawn with a zig zag of metal. Strong gestures give the depth and vigour of mark making to my paintings.