Experiments with figurative sculpture.
These quick steel works were first attempts at semi abstract figurative sculptures. Made with scrap materials and done in very little time, the priority here was getting the impression of a person over a literal representation. Balance and line are important parts of what I am trying to achieve in my practise so I believe the bust like piece on the left was the most successful.
I will carry on with experiments in this area as I think there is potential for a larger or more intricate piece in the future.
This small experiment is a carry on of last years look at imbalanced sculptures, specifically the geometric final pieces. The intention was to give the impression of instability both physically and on a personal level; politically, socially or emotionally.
It had been suggested that the imbalance could relate to the current social climate i.e. Brexit and the disillusion of capitalism. I’m unsure if i want to go down this route officially and am currently only trying to create that sense of unease in the audience.
After making largely abstract and geometric work last year, I am beginning to move back into the realistic. Working from photos I made plans for potential sculptures, these would be of various scales and widths but will keep with the theme of fragility and physical uncertainty.
For this year’s Made in Roath, I displayed a small selection of sculptures in a front garden on Ninian Road. Choosing to stick with the garden imagery I put up a few steel animals, hiding some in the trees and placing others on the ground.
They were either attached or weighed down by cable ties and spare pieces of steel.
Over the summer, I have continued to make things and have spent some time helping a welder create work for a small exhibition. This exhibition was a part of Hampshire Open Studios, a county wide event. As well as helping with the welding and painting of his sculptures, I also put a few of mine on display although I had nothing to do with placement.
Possible finishes, both industrial and DIY
- Blueing, the process of heating metal until it changes colour
- Powder coating
- Rusting/Oxidisation, naturally protects against weather
- Vinegar, removes rust and leaves a rustic appearance
- Beeswax (apply when heated)