Ann-Margreth’s Blog

A… light dark shadow movement stillness …space

We have been setting up in the Goods Shed one week now..I have my mind blown at times by the complexity of possibilities. Awareness is high and confusion multitude, I am learning the importance of the right light, light can change everything,...

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Convergence & Space

Convergence & Space

Since the beginning of this week Paul Grellier and myself have been setting up in the Goods Shed, Stroud for "Convergence& Space"...going through the normal motions of setting up for a exhibition, all the uncertainty and excitement that...

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Upcoming events

"on form" is visiting Ann-Margreth Bohl in her studio. 'Convergence and Space' sculpture exhibition with Paul Grellier in the Goods Shed  Stroud 16th-24th November.  

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Casting, materials on the quest of understanding form

Casting, materials on the quest of understanding form

Pressing clay into the segments that I used as wall rubbings yesterday, followed by a day of casting. The wall segments are suddenly something different all together, being able to observe the folds and cracks in the cast is like stepping away from the walls and...

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Later on

Later on

Equipped with tracing paper and graphite I am on my way...taking wall rubbings of several segments that seem of interest for a multitude of reasons as it seems in hindesight. Take an impression of the form, rhythm in the brickwork, cracks.... Inside outside, threat or...

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The Sheds, Stanton Saint Bernard

The Sheds, Stanton Saint Bernard

I am here again, this time equipped with enough time to embark on my own project...during a walk with my friend Kay around a muddy field in Wiltshire, surrounded by those typical Wiltshire hills, rolling on and on...we stumble across a second...

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Drawing up ideas

Drawing up ideas

I am spending my weekend teaching stone carving, a lot of the students are new to the material and or the idea of carving a form. Enthusiasm for it seems easily passed on as I am talking away and bombarding everybody with my ideas on the...

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All change

All change

"Art in the Garden" has been cancelled, there is no turning back, like before it means to be be flexible and adapt, accepting that life rarely works out as planned, what unfolds instead makes somehow sense. I am not in control, even if I kid myself that I am...enough...

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The sheds

The sheds

Spend a few days at "The Sheds" in Whiltshire, friends of mine have created a amazing home for their family, a oasis of creativity, whenever I had the opportunity to stay with them, surrounded by original artwork and their deep passion for art,...

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Moving along nicely

Moving along nicely

A weekend full of stone dust and the sound of the grinder, what could be better? I made progress during the last days, can see the forms finding their place in the stone. I seem to have the hang of the grinder now and the carving is developing...

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The other side

The other side

With no other carving did I experience the same longing to turn it, being able to view it all the time from all sides, I believe this is due to a deeper understanding of 3D-ness, how I want the form to move freely between dimension. Thanks...

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Pompeii exhibition at British Museum

Pompeii exhibition at British Museum

..I remember vividly the first history talk I had to give in secondary school about "Pompeii", I was touched by the story, ever since wanted to visit Pompeii but have not managed it yet. I had to go and visit the current exhibition at the British Museum. Walking...

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Back to handtools

Back to handtools

Returning to using hand tools, the Bouchard hammer being my most trusty companion of them all, I am able to see forms and the movement of form in precision. I immediately connect with the stone in a different way and letting go off having to speed ahead to get this...

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Carry on, move on

Carry on, move on

Aware of my limited experience working with stone on a larger scale I lost heart for a few days, I literally did. The constant thinking about the carving, the forms, the drive to get to the workshop...where did it all go? It gave way to the sinking feeling that I...

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Grind to a halt

Grind to a halt

Nothing was different to other days when I went to my workshop...even got myself some new smaller and dished grinding disks to find better access to some areas in the stone. I was suddenly aware of the limitations of the way I am working this heavy lump..no lifting...

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Limited by tools

Limited by tools

New grinding attachments are needed to create a variety of forms, might try to use my stone carving tools, but have a feeling the stone is to brittle to take it. Grinding the stone is gentle and appropriate on this type. It is frustrating to undercut or round off a...

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In tune

In tune

I am familiar with the shape of the stone, when drawing I can almost move in the mass, navigating my way from side to side and upside down...a good place to be, to make decisions that are in tune with the material and it's form and slowly (as always) the idea for the...

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Slow mass

Slow mass

This stone carving business is again and again taking me by surprise, in how much it requires of me to slow down and to be patient also counting in the size of the stone, a scale I am not yet familiar with. Talking of size...the weight is almost...

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Something is happening

Something is happening

Easier start today, the first steps have been taken but it always take time to get back into the groove after a week full of...life. Several hours had passed and all of a sudden forms in the stone moved, oh wow, I love it when that happens, it seems to me the most...

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Made a beginning

Made a beginning

Started to carve on my 200kg boulder, all ideas for now are out of the window as the boulder has a shape of it's own and a grain that needs incorporating. Working with the grinder, enjoying the expansive space I am working with, the forms are loose at this stage,...

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Final stages of planning for stone carvings

Final stages of planning for stone carvings

Always a challenge to prioritise, I could happily get more involved into the world of mould making and casting as it is all new and exciting... but I consciously steer away from it, keeping an eye on the stone carving, which is as exciting and needs in depth planning....

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Mould making

Mould making

  Making moulds, it went well days ago, but this time it seemed not straight forward when all of a sudden two pints of plaster poured out of my constructed frame, gritting my teeth the damage was cleared away and I discovered today that the moulds are fine, even...

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The rocks are here

The rocks are here

We set off to in the morning to arrive in Cornwall by midday. Wim and Lar loading two big rocks in no time into Lar's van. I am speechless watching Wim working and controlling the forklift, the way he wraps the webbing around the boulders, knowing exactly how the...

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Form 3

Form 3

The fourth model has changed considerably since I started it on sunday. The thought of having a transient almost disintegrating form has moved on to a inside out form that displays internal and external it is more complex then the previous models. In my mind this...

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