A tree ‘wrap’ I am currently working on. The ‘wrap’ is approximately one metre by two metres and sculpted out of corrugated cardboard. I am intending to fix it to a net backing (to prevent it falling apart – it’s a bit delicate!) before wrapping it around a suitable tree. Ideally, it would be fabricated in metal, but a lack of funding means this is not possible at the moment.
Latest addition to there Modern-Day Green man series – made from a discarded Guinness can. Note the ring-pull eyes!
Further exploration into bringing ancient forms and symbols into a modern setting – the Green Man, ancient symbol of fertility, fabricated out of an old coke can and ‘metalised’ cardboard. The concepts are relevant to every society, ancient or modern and, as such, I am attempting to bring them up-to-date.
Completed Green Man carving with all faces intertwined. During the making, it became apparent that it might serve as a tea light holder – a welcome addition to any Pagan altar?
Word-tower: Play, Skip, Leap, Jump, Rest
Words of playfulness and wellbeing, again intentionally made in a geometric font, apart from “Rest” which is the bottom form, in a softer font (though unfortunately hidden amongst the undergrowth) and acting as the foundation for all the others. As with the previous piece, “Statistics Manipulate Truths”, I wanted the word-tower to be something that might be ‘discovered’ perhaps by people walking their dog, or just out for a stroll.
Two sides completed in the wood carving project – the block is a 75mm cube of limewood and has been carved with a mixture of hand tools and power tools. It is still a bit rough but getting there.
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.
“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.
I have always been fascinated by contrasts and anomalies: a hippie who pulls off high-end business deals; a heavy metal kid that likes folk music; poppies at the side of the motorway; boundaries that are clearly not recognised. My artistic endeavours attempt to explore such anomalies, be it in music or the visual arts. My current journey sees me taking the theme of “Statistics” and trying to soften a cold, hard concept: putting geometric shapes and patterns into an incongruous, natural setting, making something beautiful and calming from elements concerned only with mathematics and data, bringing together ancient themes and modern environments. Nature always wins…
Grooveware is the creative moniker under which I am currently working, producing both 2D and 3D artwork as well as music in a variety of genres. I work from a studio based at the ‘Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance’ space in Rotherham town centre.