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 a form, what would the form look like? How does form come about? It depends on so many factors, the mass, time, the energy it has been exposed to..Is it possible to have opposing forces playing into the mass or would the result be a chaotic weak form?..I am waiting to pick up a piece of stone from Cornwall at some point over the next two weeks, big enough to get my teeth into (well not literally) and to let my questions and hesitations rest whilst working out some of these in the material itself.

1-2-3-4 clay models, April 2013

1-2-3-4 clay models, April 2013

 

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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 been able to explore the first steps of mould making and casting. A totally new process to me and so different from carving in stone, naturally drawn to opposite materials and processes, I am intrigued. Form found in solid cold hard mass verses hot liquid poured into a form to recreate a shape. The first cast in beeswax of a pebble moved me as the pure form of the stone was apparent but the “stone” that I removed from the mould was warm, smells delicious and is light in weigth.

Casting beeswax, April 2013

Casting beeswax, April 2013

I quickly moved on to making moulds of random objects and obsessively casting them. I am not sure how relevant they are to me at this moment but I am going to continue getting to know this new technique.

Casting beeswax, detail

Casting beeswax, detail

Casting beeswax, detail

Casting beeswax, detail

 

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Wild ones

Wild ones

Stream gushing over pepple, the Heavens 29.03.2013

Stream gushing over pepple, the Heavens 29.03.2013

 

Stream gushing over pepple, the Heavens 29.03.2013

Stream gushing over pepple, the Heavens 29.03.2013

 

Stream gushing over pepple, the Heavens 29.03.2013

Stream gushing over pepple, the Heavens 29.03.2013

..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 energy…not that I am trying to copy anything when making but natural formations definitely have an impact. It is difficult to find words and maybe that makes me an artist, I say it by making and understand by trying to see.

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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 much. Of course these models are by no means finished to the point where I like them to be but a beginning is made and ideas are simmering……

1-2-3 clay models

1-2-3 clay models

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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 wait to get my tools on some rock but until this arctic weather has left us and I am able to work in my outdoor space I am going to carry on plotting in the studio.

Drawing for stone carving

Drawing for stone carving

Drawing for stone carving, squeezing the form

Drawing for stone carving, squeezing the form

clay model

clay model

clay model

clay model

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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 form and the dissolving of form.

Solid to ephemeral, clay

Solid to ephemeral, clay

 

 

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