Approved: 25.03.2011

Chris Millward

Artist, Curator, Project manager, Technician, Lecturer / academic

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Approved: 25.03.2011

The main focus of my sculptural work is the aesthetic quality of materials combined with a high level of craftsmanship; appreciation of materials for their own qualities and the love of making for its own sake. Using predominantly found wooden furniture, I restore and modify its appearance and transform it into storage units. These units contain quantities of metal objects made by a repeated process

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  • Location: Chester, North West
  • Activities: Higher education, Workshops, Curating
  • Categories: Metalwork, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Woodwork
 

Biography

The main focus of my sculptural work is the aesthetic quality of materials combined with a high level of craftsmanship; appreciation of materials for their own qualities and the love of making for its own sake. Using predominantly found wooden furniture, I restore and modify its appearance and transform it into storage units. These units contain quantities of metal objects made by a repeated process and presented in regimented rows and columns. I find the contrast between wood and metal provides a visually pleasing aesthetic but there is also a hierarchical relationship present as the materials that are contained are stronger and more durable that the natural containers themselves. The units are a personal attempt to keep and maintain an element of order and control in a world that is besieged by personal and peripheral chaos. My sculpture therefore represents one of the few things over which there is any degree of certainty. Each individual object can be viewed as a special memory, an event or a relationship contained in a piece that has been subjected to its own inanimate past existence. In each case, the timber has been extracted from its natural trajectory and placed into another scenario. This suggests that history and the future are never set; they are always subject to change. We constantly exist in a state of flux despite our best efforts to order and control our own lives.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2012 - MA - Learning & Teaching Strategies in H.E, University of Chester, Chester, Parkgate Campus 2009 - Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy 2009 - PGCert - Learning & Teaching in H.E, University of Chester, Chester, Parkgate Campus 2002 - BA (Hons) - Fine Art, University of Chester, Chester, Parkgate Campus Group exhibitions 2012 - Trace, Motorcade/FlashParade Gallery, Bristol 2011 - In The Woods Today, Alvanley Cliff Woodland, Alvanley 2011 - The Exchange, Neal's Yard Gallery, Chester 2011 - Untitled Staff Exhibition, Contemporary Art Space Chester (CASC), Chester 2010 - Intro, The CUBE Gallery, Manchester 2010 - The Conversation, Christ Church, Chester 2010 - Untitled Staff Exhibition, Binks Building, University of Chester 2009 - Encounter, NOVAS Contemporary Urban Centre, Liverpool 2007 - Open Art Exhibition, Grosvenor Museum, Chester Degree shows 2002 - Fine Art, University of Chester