Bound 2020

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.

Bound 90x56x53cms
Army each 30x18x15cms
Quiet Crusader 30x56x28cms
Cusp 94x20x13cms
Rootless 170x43x43cms
Like Mind 20x36x9cms
Collective Tangle 41x50x28cms
Flock 73x95x87cms
Tangle Male 17x18x9cms
Tangle Female 18x18x12cms
Isolated She Stag Detail 176x43x43cms
Herd 171x38x25cms
Headscape Time 50x44x19cms
Headscape Heart 50x44x19cms
Cross Bearer 47x47cms
She Stag 82x54x15cms
Source 47x26x15cms
Bound Height 275cms
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Headscape Time 50x44x19cms
Studio 2020

Russborough House 2019

she stag

'Flux' 2015

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.

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orla de bri landscape
orla de bri winter phone
orla de bri summer phone
orla de bri silent listening final
orla de bri isolated she stag opt 02 02 2
orla de bri paired
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orla de bri the rut 3
orla de bri herd mentality
orla de bri she stag 1
orla de bri she stag 2
orla de bri maverick feet 2
orla de bri copes
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orla de bri trophy
orla de bri evolution of a she stag 1
orla de bri maverick limb
orla de bri vessel