I am passionate about and principally an object maker. My work, my sculpture, is informed by different aspects of my history - in particular, where the anthropomorphic language of furniture meets architectural references, drawing and teaching. Through an abstract language, using metaphor, ambiguity, symbol and myth (when myth transcends time and meaning), I am interested in making objects that portray feelings about everyday life, whether dark or optimistic. They are vehicles of expression that reflect or comment on the mystery of being human. The work tests a range of possibilities, using a variety of materials.
'Borrowing', 'trace' and 'inner consciousness' inform my working process, whether lifted from the immediacy of studio life or drawing on my history and knowledge. I am interested in the richness to be found in the memory marks left by making, telling the viewer about that aspect of the object's humanity. There is pleasure to be found in the materials worked.
I am also interested in the emotional implications to be found in the narrative of a piece, in particular, when the haptic encounter transfers to an intellectual dialogue. I look for the moment, during the creative process, when this occurs and the relationship with the object tempts one to move between these two states.
I am interested in the demands of the working process and when the developing object ceases being a thing and becomes a sculpture, possessing its own heartbeat. 'Stumbling' across and taking a step, that acts as an 'interface' seems to allow this moment to happen.
Qualifications and training
- 1969 Sculpture, St Martin's School of Art, London
- 1988 Design Tutor, Parnham College, Dorset
- 2006 Whole Life Cost, National Tour, UK
- 2011 From Floor to Sky, P3 Gallery, University of Westminster, London
- 2005 Collect, V&A, London
- 2001 Year of the Artist, Artist in Residence, Temple Newsom House, Leeds
Competitions, prizes and awards
- 1999 Shortlisted, Jerwood Prize for Applied Art, Crafts Council, London