Photo: Chris Millward in Chester, North West

Chris Millward

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

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. read full statement

Location Chester, North West
Activities Higher education, Workshops, Curating
Artforms Metalwork, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Woodwork
Website http://www.chrismillward.co.uk