After graduating from the University of the Creative Arts (UCA), I followed a long, (thorny) and winding path, before I finally changed direction and discovered my passion for sculpting.
My work to date includes figurative and abstract forms, plus installations. Thriving on
variety and experimentation, I work with both natural and found materials, plus vintage
and household goods. On my ‘Rubbish Sculptures’ page you can see examples of working with objects destined for the refuse tip. Up-cycling materials into sculptures can be fun and costs very little. It’s an opportunity to play or be creative with children.
One aspect of sculpting that I particularly relish, is that I find the wide range of materials and processes keep me in a constant state of enquiry and development – a perpetual student. This enables a rich, energised and exciting schedule. Completed works may include a playful element or comment on personal and shared human experiences and conditions. Depending on the concept, the sculptures are sometimes infused with channelled emotional energy; for example, my large scale mixed media work ‘Frustration’, which was created over a two year period and selected by judges for the 2015 Bentlif Open Art Prize exhibition.
Influences include the natural world, architecture, flea markets, contemporary dance
and performance art, plus fashion photography; in particular, the work of photographer
Guy Bourdin. As a keen amateur photographer, I delight in connecting with the details of both urban and natural environments, details that may perhaps normally be overlooked, plus textures and forms and scenes that tickle my humour.
I have continued my professional development via learning traditional and contemporary sculpting techniques and processes. Recently I’ve been working on small scale mixed media images, plus finding dynamic ways to convey my own personal life experiences through three dimensional form. My next goal is to develop my figurative clay work. (I have yet to add images of my fine art figurative sculpture to this website.)
In the autumn of 2017 I embarked upon a #365PhotoChallenge and I will add a selection of my favourite images to my Photography page.
I was recently looking at old sepia photographs of my maternal great grandmother, who was an operetta performer in her early life. (Sadly I did not inherit Ellen’s vocal talents).
I am considering attempting a bas relief to capture her beautiful profile.
* Bentlif Art Prize finalist 2015
* 4th place award (3D category) – Light Space Time Gallery 5th Annual Figurative Art