The Landscape Series.

This Series is a Collaboration with Photographer and Documentary Cameraman Stephen Foote.   Click on any picture to see it full size.

Stephen Foote and I met up after 30 years in 2014. We were good friends as teenagers, both rather disengaged with school, both making art in our own time. 30 years on we both still use art work as a major part of our interaction with this nutty world. Sharing our images was a key way we got to know each other again and harnessing that process in a joint project was simply a way of capturing a what was occurring naturally. We set a straightforward ” Artist Responds to Landscape ” brief and kept a very open mind while we walked, talked, Steve took pictures and I just took it all in. We met every few months and sent each other pictures of the ensuing work in-between times.

Steve is also a Cameraman and was involved in filming for Panorama during the early, very heated phase in Kiev and the Crimea. I was coming to the end of the Up Is Down Series . Our first visit was Bracelet Bay, Mumbles, Swansea. Then we went into Porth Yr Ogof caves and had a mind-blowing day for me; we spent hours in the dark, natural cave while Steve took a fab series of photographs. I stood in the river in the darkness, held the lights and listened to the flow of water, felt the under-ground breezes. From there the project clarified for us as the travels of the water from the sky above the Brecon Beacons to the river, especially the Tawe, down to the wide bay at Swansea, and out into the Ocean where much of it will return to the clouds and begin the circle again.

These pictures are roughly in sequence for the progression of work over time, with Steve’s Photos next to the related Sculptures in some cases.

Bracelet Bay , Stephen Foote.

Bracelet Bay , Stephen Foote.

10003791_10203331962960554_1179723863_o

 

Up Is Down- in progress

Up Is Down- in progress

Water and Stone, Bracelet Bay, 2014, 24cmH x 56cm L x 33cm W, Marbled architectural ceramic.

Water and Stone, Bracelet Bay, 2014, 24cmH x 56cm L x 33cm W, Marbled architectural ceramic.

Stephen Foote; Dunes

Stephen Foote; Dunes

Bracelet Bay, Mumbles, Swansea by Steve Foote

Bracelet Bay, Mumbles, Swansea by Steve Foote

in progress, July 2014

Wyvern I in progress, July 2014

Bracelet Bay, Mumbles, Swansea by Steve Foote

Bracelet Bay, Mumbles, Swansea by Steve Foote

 

Bracelet Bay, Mumbles, Swansea by Steve Foote.

Bracelet Bay, Mumbles, Swansea by Steve Foote.

It was this fabulous picture of Bracelet Bay by Steve that shifted me abruptly into figures, much to my own surprise.

Busts in progress, Aug 2014.

Busts in progress, Aug 2014.

Bracelet Bay, Mumbles, Swansea by Steve Foote

Bracelet Bay, Mumbles, Swansea by Steve Foote

Wyvern II, 2014, 69cm H x 54cm W, x 31cm D, ceramic.

Wyvern II, 2014, 69cm H x 54cm W, x 31cm D, ceramic. Photo Steve Foote.

 

A narrative developed that was also influenced by the awesome storms of the previous winter. A trio of figures, the Guardians of the Aquasphere, the Lithosphere and the Atmosphere, arose and they and their Sentinels and Harbingers took on characteristics that the many life-forms of the Biosphere could relate to so that all would understand what was happening; The Triumvirate were going to let loose their forces. This was not to threaten or  punish. They simply knew it was time.

Each sphere over laps with the others. The Biosphere is particularly inter-woven with the other 3 spheres with the addition of sun-light. I  started looking at forms and ways to describe the Biosphere’s part of this story…the whole project is marvellously challenging! I’m far from sure I can pull this off but I’m loving the attempts. Steve’s stunning photographs seem to contain the whole mysterious narrative, characters and all, and I refer to them daily.

Here’s some links  to interesting, key parts of the research for the Landscape Series:

How the Earth Made Us, a fantastic BBC 2 series by Professor Iain Stewart.

-An interesting article put out in 2016:  Business Insider Australia

-here’s that information with a really interesting, informative video of leading scientist, James Hansen explaining the findings.

Naomi Klien‘s fascinating and very readable book, This Changes Everything and the exciting, optimistic organisation of the same name.

The Up is Down Series.

 

 

Brecon Beacons, by Steve Foote.

Brecon Beacons, by Steve Foote.

_F149506

Osprey II, 2015

Osprey II,

Osprey II, 2015.

The Atmosphere over the Lithosphere in the form of an Osprey.

 

Porth Yr Ogof Cave, Brecon Beacons, by Stephen Foote.2014

Porth Yr Ogof Cave, Brecon Beacons, by Stephen Foote, 2014. We spent hours down here and as I assisted the photography, standing in the river and pitch black, I felt the underground wind and heard all the sounds of water travelling through the rocks. Extraordinary. A living, breathing world of unparalleled beauty.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Guardian of the Atmosphere, The Osprey

The Wyvern and the Osprey, 2014.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Wyvern, Guardian of the Lithosphere.

The Lithosphere has The Wyvern, a shape-shifting dragon that has taken a number of forms so far.

The Leviathan in progress, Sept 2014.

The Leviathan in progress, Sept 2014.

The Wyvern and The Leviathan. in progress, Sept 2014.

The Wyvern and The Leviathan. in progress, Sept 2014.

 

_F147762

1981984_10203331966200635_1180227792_n

Bracelet Bay, Stephen Foote.

_F149441

Wyvern VIII, 71cm L x 39cm H x 34cm D, Cavin Morris Gallery, New York, USA.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Wyvern.

_F147928

Bracelet Bay, Stephen Foote.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Wyvern.

_F147916 _F147712

 Wyvern V, 2015, 27cm H x 51cm L x 25cm D, black ceramic.

Wyvern V, 2015, 27cm H x 51cm L x 25cm D, black ceramic. Cavin Morris Gallery, New York, USA.

Osprey, 2015, 31.5cm H x 21cm W x 17cm D, black architectural ceramic.

Osprey, 2015, 31.5cm H x 21cm W x 17cm D, black architectural ceramic.

_1020883

One of the exits of Porth yr Ogof Caves.

Leviathan II, 2015, 53cm H x 79cm L x 36cm D, ceramic.

Leviathan II, 2015, 53cm H x 79cm L x 36cm D, ceramic. Photo by Steve Foote.

Leviathan II, 2015, 53cm H x 79cm L x 36cm D, ceramic.

Leviathan II, 2015, 53cm H x 79cm L x 36cm D, ceramic. Photo by Steve Foote.

Wyvern V, 2015, 27cm H x 51cm L x 25cm D, black ceramic.

Wyvern V, 2015, 27cm H x 51cm L x 25cm D, black ceramic. Cavin Morris Gallery, New York, USA.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Wyvern

The Guardian of the Aquasphere took on the form of the Mountain Ponies that run free in the Beacons.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _F148186 _F148792 _F148797 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   _F147964   OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA _F148811   _F148835  _F148822   _F148837

These are fantastic years in the Studio; I am harnessing the narrative and collective sides of the monumental Community Sculptures of the last 13 years. But I’m free to use any scale. The architectural clays I use have given me the freedom to go anywhere in space. My amazing collection of Sculptor and Ceramist friends, from all over the world, on Facebook have encouraged and inspired me enormously. I’m settled into my lovely big Studio ( and gotten over the shock of having it at last!). Stephen and I communicate very well and we egg each other on.

Many thanks to everyone who has visited the work and given invaluable advice and feed-back. We will continue with this series of sculptures until it is done. I will add new images as they become available so that a progression is shown._F149794 _F149792 _F149774  _F149778  _F149751_F149767

 

Wyvern VIII, 38cm L x 14cm H x 15cm D.

Wyvern IX, 38cm L x 14cm H x 15cm D. 2016

Leviathan VIII, 56cm H x 97cm L x 28cm D.

Leviathan VIII, 56cm H x 97cm L x 28cm D. 2016

I have been chasing a surface that will describe the 3 spheres. I have added earth pigments in a binder to add soft, natural colours and a silky texture.

 

Leviathan V, 45cm H x 65cm L x 23cm D.

Leviathan V, 45cm H x 65cm L x 23cm D.

Leviathan V, 45cm H x 65cm L x 23cm D.

Leviathan V, 45cm H x 65cm L x 23cm D.

Aqua-sphere Sentinel, 77cm H x 40cm W x 23cm D.

Aqua-sphere Sentinel, 77cm H x 40cm W x 23cm D.

Leviathan IV, 35cm H x 61cm L x 29cm D.

Leviathan IV, 35cm H x 61cm L x 29cm D.

Lithosphere's Sentinel, 19cm H x 29cm L x 15cm D.

Lithosphere’s Sentinel, 19cm H x 29cm L x 15cm D.

The Land I, 24cm H x 65cm L x 19cm D.

The Land I, 24cm H x 65cm L x 19cm D. 2016.

‘The Land’ sculptures are very much about the Brecon Beacons, the area around Osprey Studios. They combine all the spheres.

The Land IV, 15cm H x 26cm L x 14cm D.

The Land IV, 15cm H x 26cm L x 14cm D.

The Land III, 15cm H x 43cm L x 12cm D.

The Land III, 15cm H x 43cm L x 12cm D.

Biosphere Sentinel II, 23cm H x 48cm L x 28cm D.

Biosphere Sentinel II, 23cm H x 48cm L x 28cm D.

The Land V, 15cm H x 32cm L x 14cm D.

The Land V, 15cm H x 32cm L x 14cm D.

Leviathan VI, 12.5cm H x 21cm L x 8cm D, Cavin Morris Gallery, New York, USA.

Mountain River Sentinel I, 69cm H x 39cm W x 28cm D. Oriel Bevan Jones Gallery, Carmarthen, UK.

Mountain River Sentinel I, 69cm H x 39cm W x 28cm D.

Mountain River Harbinger, 37cm L x 21cm H x 19cm W. Oriel Bevan Jones Gallery, Carmarthen, UK.

Mountain River Harbinger, 37cm L x 21cm H x 19cm W.

Coastal Harbinger II, 43cm L x 29cm H x 22cm W.

The Land VIII, 21cm L x 12cm H x 11cm W.

Coastal Harbinger, 35cm L x 23cm H x 16cm W.

Marking Time, Bronllys Hospital Woodland Walk, Powys, UK. 2017.

August 2017 and the focus is currently on Antarctica:

Christopher-Michel_flickr_Web

Fantastic image from Christopher-Michel_flickr_Web. Interesting article here: //goodnature.nathab.com/larsen-ice-shelf-breakoff-our-future-in-ice/

Guardian of the Valley I, 2017.

Guardian of the Valley I, 2017.

This fascinating article by Randall Morris about Masks describes the process that I am trying to work through here. I have learnt a great deal from Randall since joining Cavin Morris Gallery. His amazing collection and beautiful writing brings clarity to, and pin points the essence of, what is important in art. I am an animist by nature and it is my job to portray what I see but the distractions can be over-whelming.

Advertisements

The Up Is Down Series .

Up is Down IX, 20cm H x 49cm L x 31cm D, £800

Up is Down IX, 20cm H x 49cm L x 31cm D, £800

The Up Is Down Series started in November 2013. As often happens there was a progression from a previous Series ( the Edge). I knew there was a shift, and I knew what it was about, but couldn’t find the words for it. Sculpture is my ‘first language’, the one I think in and use to work out my understanding of the world. This is how it goes for many Artists, it’s not unusual.

Up is Down V, back view

Up is Down V, back view. Links to The Edge Series are obvious in this piece.

I’ve been describing our perceived borders in The Edge Series but we don’t actually possess  clear borders; the cloud of particles and especially  bacteria that make up us dissipates and interacts with our surroundings and fellows , interchanging constantly. When you leave the Forest some of it comes with you , some of you is left behind.We are constructed from atoms that have been used to form countless other things since the Big Bang. After death those atoms will move on to build other parts of the World. As my son put it beautifully when he was 5 ; ”So we become part of the mountain? Good.”

Up is Down V, 44cm H x 58cm L x 50cm D, £1700

Up is Down V, 44cm H x 58cm L x 50cm D, £1700. The Osprey theme recurs constantly in my work. Ospreys make their living crossing  the boarders between the earth,the sky and water.

Up is Down VII, back view

Up is Down VII, back view. Many of these pieces relate to the Half A Century Series.

Up is Down VIII, 18cm H x 43cm L x 30cm D, £800

Up is Down VIII, 18cm H x 43cm L x 30cm D, £800

Up is Down VI, 25cm H x 31cm L x 17cm D, £1100

Up is Down VI, 25cm H x 31cm L x 17cm D, £1100

http://www.sciencemusings.com/2008/01/key-to-riddle.html

by Chet Raymo

‘Behind the apparent decay and new growth the atoms endure, those mysterious and eternal particles that contain within themselves tendencies to combine and recombine in endlessly creative ways.

The church, the village, the rank tropical growth, the creatures that creep and fly and crawl are composed of recycled star dust, atoms forged billions of years ago in hot, massive stars, here woven by the hands of energy and entropy into a fabric of gorgeous complexity.

I went there for the same reason the naturalist/scientist Rachel Carson went to the edge of the sea. She wrote: “Underlying the beauty of the spectacle there is meaning and significance. It is the elusiveness of that meaning that haunts us, that sends us again and again into the natural world where the key to the riddle is hidden.”’

Up is Down IV, 31cm H x 58cm L x 37cm D, £1200

Up is Down IV, 31cm H x 58cm L x 37cm D, £1200

The title, Up Is Down, came from Hans Zimmer, the fabulous Composer and his brilliant piece of the same name  in Pirates of The Caribbean III. I have all 4 Pirates , Rango,and The Lone Ranger  sound-tracks on shuffle most of the time these days. Fantastic stuff,full of wild leaps of emotion , heady ideas and humour. His version of The William Tell Overture for The Lone Ranger is hilarious and wonderful.

Like the Up Is Down scene in Pirates III,”At Worlds End” this Series breaks away from the normal parameters that have defined my forms, particularly the base contacting with the table. It will take me a while to get this right but in theory the Sculptures can be turned and displayed any way you like ; the full 360 should have impact. The weight of the wet clay makes this very difficult to pull off….! I’ll get there. I will work smaller to reduce the weights and allow me to move through new forms more quickly. It is a massive challenge for someone who started out as a Vessel builder seeped in the tradition of the classic Vase form with it’s reliable base. But even in my earliest work , 30 years ago , that base kept trying to disappear. A-symatry and unlikely balance have always been my trade-marks.

Up is Down VII, 23cm H x 40cm L x 18cm D, £1200

Up is Down VII, 23cm H x 40cm L x 18cm D, £1200 

This piece still has a ‘base’ but it has nearly gone. It is not necessary  to loose the base for the piece to make sense; I work to Themes but I don’t set rigid rules because that would be trite. It is very difficult to trust that the Forms will evolve in a valuable way  given the freedom but if you don’t this work-meathod is meaningless. The idea is too prepare your craftsmanship, memory and sub-concious with as much expertise as you can. Then you add Music and  give your hands and clay free reign.

A new Up Is Down in progress

A new Up Is Down in progress

In Progress

Up is Down I ,41cm H x 80cm L x 48cm D, £1400 In Progress

Up Is Down II in progress

Up Is Down II in progress

 Extracts from J.P. Hodin, Barbara Hepworth, London, 1961, Two Conversations with Barbara Hepworth: ‘Art and Life’ and ‘The Ethos of Sculpture’, pp. 23–24(in conversation with J.P. Hodin, 18 August 1959)

“Art at the moment is thrilling. The work of the artist today springs from innate impulses towards life, towards growth – impulses whose rhythms and structures have to do with the power and insistence of life. […] In the past, when sculpture was based on the human figure, we knew this structure well. But today we are concerned with structures in an infinitely wider sense, in a universal sense. Our thoughts can either lead us to life and continuity or […] the way to annihilation. That is why it is so important that we find our complete sense of continuity backwards and forwards in this new world of forms and values. I see the present development in art as something opposed to any materialistic, anti-human or mechanistic direction of mind.”

Up Is Down III, 20cm H x 40cm L x 29cm D, £800

Up Is Down III, 20cm H x 40cm L x 29cm D, £800

Detail, Up Is Down VII

Detail, Up Is Down VII

Detail,Up Is Down VI

Detail,Up Is Down VI

The Breve Series of Miniatures

These Miniatures are often made on location in wild places. They are set lightly on a base of stone or wood found at the site so that you can easily handle and turn them as I did when I made them. Each one is a page from my journal with influences from the mountain-side, the elements, the news, music, whatever is upper-most in my mind. Made of fine, highly durable clays they will last for centuries. They are within 15 cm long.

White Breve I, 11cm H plus stone base, £110

White Breve I, 11cm H plus stone base.

Black Breve I, 17cm H plus base stone, £110

Black Breve I, 17cm H plus base stone.

Black Breve I, 17cm H + stone base. £110

Black Breve I, 17cm H + stone base.

Black Breve III, 13cm H + stone base, £110

Black Breve III, 13cm H + stone base.

Black Breve II, 11cm L + stone base, £110

Black Breve II, 11cm L + stone base.

White Breve III, 12cm L + stone base, £110

White Breve III, 12cm L + stone base.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Mobile Studio in one of my favourite, very quiet spots on the old road to Trecastle. The sound of the river fills the air. There are Buzzards, a Red Kite, Ravens, standing stones and the tough, small, mountain ponies that run on these hills. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The sky is huge here and ever-changing; storms blow in in minutes. I can carry on working inside the van. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Edge Series

The Edge Series has been on going for years, decades really, though not always under that title. The sculptures are abstract. Many are very personal but a lot of them are informed by films, books like The Life of Pi, other people’s stories and, of course, music is always in there, especially that of guitar god Steve Vai.

The landscape and our connection to it is often the narrative setting. Although there may be a figurative influence  it is a figure from the earth, not us. The relationship in South Wales with the land is literally deep from decades of mining and the Welsh have a beautiful word for their bond to their home-land, ‘Hiraeth’. The wonder and danger of coal has coloured the culture and heritage here for thousands of years and the evidence of that blends in with the natural landscape so ubiquitously that it’s hard to tell them apart.

Along the cliffs of parts of the spectacular coast-line here in Wales you can see seams of black coal in the rock. Geology shaped by water and time is very much part of The Edge narrative.

The mountains of the Brecon Beacons are ancient and worn by the wind and water. The highest, Pen y Fan, has a very figurative form rather like a sphinx that you can see in the Balarat Pit Marker, a Public Sculpture from The Edge Series.

Pen Y Fan by Chris Goddard,Wales.

Pen Y Fan by Chris Goddard, Wales.

Balarat Pit Marker , Blaengarw,Wales,6m long.

Balarat Pit Marker, Blaengarw, Wales, 6m L x 2m H.

Balarat was very much about our fraught relationship with oil and coal and the sadness of the Land at the tragedy a gift can cause.

I joke that The Edge is about Death but it’s not actually that clear cut. Boarders, turning points, changes we choose or that creep up on us all have an edge we need to pass. These sculptures are about reaching that point and the many, mixed emotions we get about it. Essentially there are two places shown with a door between them. The emphasis can be on any part.

Forms with holes have always held us.

Men-an-Tol,Cornwall,3000-5000 years old. (photographer unknown)

Men-an-Tol, Cornwall, 3000-5000 years old. (photographer unknown)

Monument Rocks , Kansas , USA ,photographer unknown.

Monument Rocks, Kansas , USA photographer unknown.

Here is a collection of the Edge Sculptures. I’ll keep adding to it as I get new Images.

The Edge , May 2013

The Edge, May 2013

The Edge,May 2013

The Edge, May 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Edge, 38cm L x 32 cm H
The Edge,43 cmm L x 25 cm H x 24 cm D

The Edge, 43 cmm L x 25 cm H x 24 cm D

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Edge I , 52 cm h.This on-going series is about the boundaries between our worlds and out hopes and fears about them.

The Edge I, 52 cm h.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Calon Lan Memorial Garden,The Feel Good Factory,Bryncynon,Wales

Calon Lan Memorial Garden, The Feel Good Factory, Bryncynon,Wales

A playful version designed with the Cefn Pennar Youth Club for their football field

A playful version designed with the Cefn Pennar Youth Club for their football field.

Cefn Pennar Dragon , back view.

Cefn Pennar Dragon, back view.

Wonderfully people have started sending me  amazing Edge type images.

945323_674557939226574_1774020617_n 998332_633553803329074_858633631_n

The River Series

River Harbinger, 125cm H.

River Harbinger, 125cm H, at Wyndcliffe Court Sculpture Garden.

The River Series is an off shoot of the Wind Water Fire series merged with the Harbingers. It coalesced here in the Beacons in 2012 after 12 years in the stunning Upper Rhondda surrounded by waterfalls.

The view from my door step;One of many waterfalls in beautiful Blaencwm,Rhondda

Blaenrhondda, Rhondda Valley

The rivers in the Rhondda ran black for decades.Now you can drink the sparkling icy water.

The rivers in the Rhondda ran black with coal dust for decades. Now you can drink the sparkling, icy water.

Wind,Water,Fire III

Wind Water Fire III. 1m H.

When I first tried the Scarva black clays about 3 years ago I made a number of reclining figures and harbingers many of which were so awful they got recycled! But this one with a water theme I have hung onto knowing I wasn’t done with it. A lot of the work from it is now showing up in The Edge landscapes. Moss and lichens are the perfect finishing touch.

Reclining Harbinger,80cm L

Reclining River Harbinger, 80cm L.

I’ve been off down various roads with it, some of them dreadful!! I’m definatly not done with it .

Like the Harbingers it is an environmental theme about the land and our relationship with it. Knowing you have drinking water running clear near your home is a treasure that means more to us all than we dare to think.

After the move to the Brecon Beacons I found we had this stunning river just below our new home. It is the river of the Henrhydd Falls, south Wales’s tallest Falls made famous by the last Batman movie.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I go there several times a week for the peace and beauty.

Rebecca, Buck, Osprey, Studios, Ceramics, Clay, Clays, Pots, Bowls, Art, Sculpture, Architectural, Knick-knacks, Knick, Knacks, for, the, Mantles, Rich, Public, Monuments, Brick, Wales, Brecon, Beacons, American, Wonderful, Tired, Coilbuilding, Cement, monumental, Rivers, Join-in, volunteers, wrokshops, Classes, Community, star centre, Blaengarw,

The River, 1.5m, commission, 2012.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA       OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

River Harbinger, 125cm H.

River Harbinger, 125cm H.

 

The Half A Century Series.

The Half A Century Series began some years ago when I turned 50 in 2011. That is traditionally a prime time to do some major reviewing of one’s time in this nutty life! It is a largely autobiographical series but I hope the  images and curves feel familiar to many of you.

The forms are figurative but more to do with the internal experience of the body, movement and emotion.

Contemporary Dance Performance and Photographs like this wonderful picture are hugely influential in this series.

Louis Blanc,photographer unknown.

Louis Blanc, photographer unknown.

It started with these figures in a constructivist style I really like but only used occasionally at that time. I had had an unexpected surgery that took the strength and some movement from my arms for a while so working solid in this scale was not an option.

Half a Century I , 48 cm h.

Half a Century I, 48 cm h.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Half A Century II

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Half A Century III

These more abstracted figures were all made in early 2013.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Half a Century VI, 24cm H x 32cm L x 24cm D.

Rebecca, Buck, Osprey, Studios, Ceramics, Clay, Clays, Pots, Bowls, Art, Sculpture, Architectural, Knick-knacks, Knick, Knacks, for, the, Mantles, Rich, Public, Monuments, Brick, Wales, Brecon, Beacons, American, Wonderful, Tired, Coilbuilding, Cement, monumental, Rivers, Join-in, volunteers, wrokshops, Classes, Community, star centre, Blaengarw,

Half a Century VII, second view.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Half a Century VII.

 

The Musing Series is not so directly personal but they were made at the same time as these black figures and they are linked.

The Life’s a Beach Series preceded Half a Century but it is also part of the same on-going theme. It is 10 reclining figures about a story I was told about Port Talbot; The area was a stunning beauty spot of huge, gorgeous sand-dunes. In the early part of the Industrial Revolution tourists came from all over the world to wonder at the grace of the  curves and forms created over millennia. Then it occurred to someone that all that sand was handily placed for making plenty of concrete to build an Industrial Port…..! The figure’s form is taken from sea-worn coast-line and the wry gesture of a Mae West style character smiling inwardly at the lack of appreciation for the nuanced beauty only age and experience can bestow.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAturrel garden 009 turrel garden 005

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA This old Apple Tree overlooks the waterfall I visit regularly. It supports  a mass of moss, ferns and lichen, archetypically ancient. Yet every spring it still puts out a few delicate pink blossoms. They don’t come to fruit but it doesn’t matter.

———————————————————-

August 2017.

The continuation of this series is Beyond Half a Century where the ideas move forward from the transitions at 50. This turn in the road came when my mother died after a very long and complicated struggle with illness. As in the earlier forms in the Series, the sculptures are very direct and un-edited outlets for how I feel at that moment. Once the expression is fixed I will work on for as long as it takes to clear off any irrelevant material until it rings true. They can be about all sorts of things. I turn to this work to clarify thinking that words wont un-ravel or when I am over-whelmed.

These pieces are from 2017.

 

The Musings Series

The abstracted figures of the Musings series are introspective and peaceful. They were made during an intense 6 months just after I turned 50. It is unusual for me to work this small but it felt perfect at the time and making these was very grounding.

Made of beautiful, white Scarva Architectural clay they are all under 30cm. The forms were developed over a clay armature of a proportional figure.

20 x 17 cm

20 x 17 cm

III, 20 x 17 cm

III, 20 x 17 cm

VII , 22 x 21 cm

VII , 22 x 21 cm

VII , 22 x 21 cm

VII , 22 x 21 cm

VIII , 16 x 16 cm

VIII , 16 x 16 cm

VIII , 16 x 16 cm

VIII , 16 x 16 cm

IX , 20 x 18 cm

IX , 20 x 18 cm

X , 27 x 21 cm

X , 27 x 21 cm

XI , 17 x 27 cm

XI , 17 x 27 cm

XII , 22 x 20 cm ,w/ Wood-fired sheen.

XII , 22 x 20 cm ,w/ Wood-fired.