Photo: Carole Andrews in Maidstone, South East

Carole Andrews

Artist, Maker

Concepts My constructions reflect my admiration for the natural world. I expand the minutiae of plant and sea life to challenge and dominate the viewer on a human scale. A 5cm developing leaf becomes a 2m sculpture. 'Coelenterates' were first constructed for a gallery commission as an installation, they are based on sea coral. I have since refined my construction techniques and continued making similar forms in a variety of sizes for display in landscape and gallery settings. Influences Inspiration comes from snorkelling and scuba diving over coral reefs. The rich patchwork of texture and form seen in the reef, together with the diversity of sea life inform and stimulate me. The characteristics of wild and cultivated plants are also starting points for sculpture. Mine is a personal creative journey, uninfluenced by others. I like the paintings of Graham Sutherland and sculpture of Alexander Calder. Career path Degree in Fine Art from Kent University. Exhibited throughout the country and in the USA. Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors. I have run workshops, given illustrated talks, received commissions and been interviewed for Sky TV and the Financial Times.

Location Maidstone, South East
Activities Practice-based research, Arts in health, Disability arts, Public art, Private commissions
Artforms / type of project Mixed Media, Sculpture