I am delighted to have been interviewed for the Rotherham based ‘Chase’ magazine; an opportunity to put forward some of my views about my current work.
Initial sketch made of a ‘Green Man’ (also known as ‘Jack ‘o’ Lantern’) probably to be used on a carved wood structure to house tealights. The design uses elements from sketches I made of wooden stumps, swirls and patterns from ancient stone carvings and some traditional carved stones found on many old churches.
I initially imagined the structures standing in woodland or parkland, being wholly visible, but having tried photographing them in different settings, I much prefer the ‘hidden’ locations, as if they have been there for some time and nature has ‘reclaimed’ them.
“Statistics Manipulate Truths” – large cardboard sculptures placed in a natural setting. The white, geometric, clinical shapes juxtaposed with the unruly, wildness of nature. Nature fights back and will always win… More natural setting to follow.
I’m currently working on two projects: standing structures made of words and some wood carving.
The standing structures, made from cardboard, spell out the words Statistics Manipulate Truths – my reaction to the relentless (and futile) insistence that statistics and data are going to have a huge impact upon the education of young children. Building relationships and a genuine desire to fully understand every individual is what will make the difference…
The wood carvings are based around patterns and shapes found in nature. The theme is “Fishy Tales” and the intention is to have appropriate story starters etched on the back.