The BeginningArtist's notes
‘FROM THE BEGINNING’ The original patterns for the cast work are made from easily manipulated materials which are then produced in iron, bronze or aluminium. Having caught a vitality in the initial stages of making, as if by chance, the inherent properties of metal most facilitate a feeling of monumentality, reflecting the immense force of universal laws and the basic instinct to survive. At the same time the precarious nature of the making process reflects the fragility of life itself. Through this duality, I wish to suggest the massive strength of mother nature teetering in balance with the vulnerability of all that lives.
Simple and elemental, these works are between 5cm-35cm in height. The surface texture of the gorged bodies is important. Pits and ravines are not filled in the original pattern and flashing from the mould seams are deliberately not removed from the final casting. At the same time the ergonomic shape encourages exploration through touch, a very important means of assimilating information from these objects.