PARTICIPATORY SPORT FOR CRAFT ARTISTS
'Red Bridge': Mixed Media
While growing up paper, paints, glue and scissors were always readily available. This kind of mess wasn’t mess. It was absolutely allowed and encouraged, and as a result, my brother and I were often to be found in the kitchen, either on or under the table, busy making and drawing. I think this is why I feel a strong connection between the creative processes that I am now engaged in and with my early experiences of play. Indeed, playfulness itself is a prerequisite - a tool for exploration.
'Apple Green': Mixed media
Resting: Bronze, edition of 5, 20 x 45 x 28 cms
I am seeking to attain a vitality and tension in the movement of the piece. As I work I keep my attention on the progress, watching for that moment when the piece begins to take on its own presence. I then allow it to progress down its own path, kind of listening to it, perhaps flowing more from the subconscious than the conscious mind. So I am striving to be open to the drama of the work before me. The challenge is to remain sensitive to the direction as it unfolds.
Small Bear I' - bronze - 13 x 11 x 7 cms approx