We are bound to live, to change, to communicate, to protect, to explore, to be, to love. We are bound by time, rules, gender and to be part of nature.
This show explores some of what we are bound to and what we are bound by as we navigate our lives.
The show has 18 pieces. ‘Bound’ is the largest sculpture, measuring 3-meters high. It is a female figure suspended by branches, tied tightly around her waist. Precariously balanced with her skirt of branches, it emphasizes our connection to and our dependency on the natural world. It is this piece that inspired me to delve deeper into this theme.
Russborough House 2019
This body of work is about life and how nothing stays the same, we are all subject to continuous change. Each piece in the show is merging into some form from nature, antlers, branches or drops of water.
Through my work different characters have appeared; The Thinking Man, The Overt Woman and The Journey Man. This show introduces the ‘She Stag’. Gender roles are changing, men are more involved in nurturing and women are providing. The’ She Stag’ is about having no restrictions on gender.
By combining figures with nature I seek to highlight the natural world as a source of energy and stability. Figures and objects merge into branches, indicating a desire for change at a conscious level.
Some of the sculptures merge into drops of water, these pieces are about drawing energy and comfort from our surroundings, they also play with the idea of how fluid our form is. We were immersed in water before birth and physically we are two-thirds water. Bathing or swimming has an invigorating and restorative effect hence water is widely associated with renewal. These three-dimensional pieces are derived from that feeling and sense of water.
Each piece in the show explores the changing nature of things.
‘All is flux, nothing stays still’. Heraclitus of Ephesus.