Ann-Margreth’s Blog

Form 2

Form 2

What is form?...a frozen moment in time..visible ultimate structure..can it be fluid, ephemeral, transient when made out of stone? Stone was not always hard, cold and solid, surely it can be taken back to a point when the mass was was not structured..would it work as...

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Casting beeswax

Casting beeswax

At times it is difficult to make connections between the different explorations but knowing that life itself moves in anything but a straight line I go along with where my nose takes me....thanks to my colleague and friend Anna Usborne I have...

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Wild ones

Wild ones

    ..and then, all of a sudden I come across these...I trap the free untamed wild water finding it's way around an obstacle, being able to observe this wild beauty and the expression of form makes me humble and aware of how impossible it is to recreate this...

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Form 1

Form 1

Whilst making two more models today the phenomena "form" felt tangible. Form is such a complex thing and it is by making forms and seeking perfection that I am awake to it, each curve and corner, each stretch and twist has a multitude of aspects and can communicate so...

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Taking shape

Taking shape

Today, despite the school holidays and the obvious mayhem at home, I was able to have a few quiet hours in the studio. Yesterdays plans and models moving towards a more definite vision with the confidence that I can archive a form along those lines in stone. I can't...

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Concrete ideas

Concrete ideas

It was necessary for me to spend a weekend at the Rococo Garden just to get a real feel for what is possible in terms of carvings and which forms might enhance the plunge pool with it's existing strong structure. Whilst drawing a few sketches what came to my mind was...

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Rococo Garden musings

Rococo Garden musings

After a day of teaching, despite being cold to the bones I take myself to the place where 1/2/3? of my future carvings will be exhibited during this years "Art in the Garden". The plunge pool, what draws me to it is the highly structured square...

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Stone carving course the rustic way

Stone carving course the rustic way

  It was not planned but as it happened this course is situated in a snowy setting, any excuse to light a fire is a good one. The spirit was not dampened by this everlasting winter, after the first day many new forms appeared in wet,...

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Without pictures

Not that I didn't want to put pictures in today, somehow I don't seem to be able to upload them ...qualities of materials and how they can change through the influence of temperature/time/pressure etc. Why am I drawn to some materials more than others? How can I use...

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Planning for some stone carvings

Planning for some stone carvings

So it is starting to be spring, the workshop is waiting to be covered in dust, I am trying to gather my thoughts and come up with some plans for carvings. I have made inquiries about the cost of portuguese marble which I want to use for the planed sculptures as they...

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Thoughts

So here am I thinking about materials and their meaning, thinking about processes in materials. The question for me now is how to apply my work visually to my thoughts and research. I have plans to use wax in stone, why? Stone is a ancient material, a material we all...

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Guiseppe Penone, Spazio di Luce

Guiseppe Penone's piece Spazio di Luce (exhibited at Whitechapel Gallery/ London until 11.08.2013) triggered following thoughts..Penone  uses beeswax as a memory of action, touch of the workers that apply the wax is remembered in the marks of their fingerprints, he...

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Project for Rococo Garden “Art in the Garden 2013”

Project for Rococo Garden “Art in the Garden 2013”

Here thoughts on the installation for the "Art in the Garden"2013 to be installed in the plunge pool at the Rococo Garden. Reflection and water are an important part of it,as is taking the stone down to its molecular structure. Cotswold stone is 200million years old...

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Mariko Mori: Rebirth

Mariko Mori at the Royal Academy ,what stayed with me was the simplicity and the use of colour in sculpture,took me some time to get used to and see the how it can work together.Sitting for a long time with the piece Transcircle 1.1', reaching a place were the rhythm...

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Bees wax

Bees wax

During the last few days i started using a material new to me, bees wax ...great stuff,it melts to liquid gold and sets in it's rich amber glow. I am aiming to integrate local beeswax into the Cotswold stone and thanks to Jessie from the "Global bee project" I met...

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Tropism

Tropism

This is a example of work that I have recently experimented with, using the weight of a stone (if small) and added wet varnished cloth. After the drying and the structure being hung upside down gives the vision of growth (Tropism), gravity turned on it's head.

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Symposium in Germany coming up

Symposium in Germany coming up

Not long now before I am off to Germany to take part in the biannual Symposium.I am frantic with preparing for this time and I will work in my current style of contradiction/enhancement of materials,hoping to create something with stone,this time a carving and include...

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Growing upside down

Growing upside down

During the last months my work has turned towards other materials than stone.In conjunction with stone,cloth can express my interest in playing with the weight of stone by not just hanging it.Sculptures are created by hanging the stone and applying material,which then...

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