There is an intense, heavily worked aspect to most of my work, with many ideas working through and underneath, often shown through repetitive mark-making that may or may not be deliberate or random. This mark-making translates into my sculpture so that the marks become the intensity of materials used or from the labour intensive process involved.
Drilling, knotting, netting, knitting, weaving, layering, embellishing, polishing, chiselling, such processes endeavour to evoke a response of capture...capture through enthralment, seduction, amusement, curiosity, intrigue.
Some of the works shown are recent, completed in the last 3 years. Others are from previous works from 2017 onwards. All works are part of a limited edition available to order.
In 2015 I was selected by Selfridges to install a show in one of the huge 3.5-metre widows in Oxford Street, London.
The work "Something Wicked this Way Comes" was shown for over two months, both in the window, in the huge Atrium and the Wonder Room. 1 million people passed by it every day.
The response and the worldwide publicity was great and included: The Times, the Independent, The NY Times, I.D, Dazed, Creative Review, Conde Naste and Time Out among others.
'SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES'
In the original SELFRIDGES of London window installation I wanted to create a seeming swarm that pushed forward into the busy London street, into the world, an infestation, a celestial shower, perhaps approaching from darkest space or from the depths of the ocean, or from the subconscious...pods of potential, but potential what?
These eggshell works are from that show and others more recently from 2019 onwards. All works are various drilled eggshells, Ostrich, Rhea, Goose and Quail with Iron, Brass or Copper Nails or Bolts, please see individual listings for details.
BEHIND THESE WORKS
An eggshell is such a fragile thing with such a universal purpose and association. Seemingly so fragile and yet so strong and perfect for it's function, but I wanted to see how much they could stand in order to become stronger.
Through near destruction and taking the eggshell to its limits, it becomes armoured, protected, transformed into something 'other', something greater than its discarded self.
Fragility and strength, simplicity and complexity, natural and contrived, form and function, cause and effect....every eggshell work tells a story. The would be discarded shells are redeemed and transformed into an object of speculation, of further possibilities.
The eggshells raise questions, ideas perhaps about what has been hatched from such eggs, what type of creature that might be.
The egg is often seen as a symbol of hope, resurrection and new life: what do these objects represent to you? Are they trinkets, decorative things, or are they as 'decorative' as an atom, a nebula, a creature, a virus, what can they signify?
Can such a small thing represent in its materials and its a way of making, something much larger, a cipher for the unknowable, unimagined, unfathomable, unspoken, un found?
The following works are available as Limited Editions and can be ordered here.
Depending on the work chosen, please allow up to 3 weeks for dispatch.
Please click on image to read and see more about individual works.