My work explores the diversity and fragility of meadows, and the profusion of flowers, grasses and herbs that live within. In order to capture this diversity each sculpture is hand formed and so each is unique. I feel passionate about our environment, and my concern lies with impact of modern society upon our British countryside.
I see an explosion of shapes, colours, smells. Stems rustle, tall, spiky, prickly, short, thin, fragile, swaying, twisting, tangling. Delicate, soft fragrant flowers flourish in every colour, size, shape and scent conceivable. Names provoke the imagination even further….Hairy Sedge, Ladies Smock, Yellow Rattle, Sneezewort, Wild Angelica……….all reflect the fragile yet enduring aspect of our environment.
My response lies within the smooth, red, earthy clay that I work with. Slabs shaped, rolled, fingertips pinching, pressing, forming, shaping. Smooth milky slips infused with colour, painted or poured, and then patterns emerge and evolve. Finally, firing and glazing complete the picture.
I see a gathering of shapes, tall, short, bold, fragile, coloured, spots, stripes, …………….Red Goosefoot, Hoary Ragwort, Herb Robert, Ox-eye Daisy, they are all in there, waiting, poised, motionless, soaking up the warmth of the kiln.
My more recent work explores my fascination with shoes. Originally created to protect the feet, shoe design today often has the opposite effect. Shoes have become a fashion obsession, creations of fantasy, and more often an essential extravagance.
This juxtaposition is the basis from which my sculptures are formed.
Stiletto heels, elongated arches, pointed toes, platforms….these are all essential elements in order to push feet and posture to their limits. The addition of frills, zips, straps, texture, pattern and colour are all components that add to the idea of excess and luxury.
This extreme in form and decoration are often a difficult combination to achieve when working with clay, but are essential to the end result.
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