Chapel Commission

At last, now the Wentworth Woodhouse Media wheels have started to turn, I can reveal that I am one of the lucky few artists to have received a commission to display my work in the chapel. You may (or may not) know that Wentworth Woodhouse, built in the 1700s near Rotherham, England, is the longest stately home in the country and is in the lengthy process of being renovated; something that will take many years. The chapel is in the main body of the house and is a particularly beautiful place to exhibit.

I decided to create an installation called, “Outside In” that recreated a stylised sacred woodland glade, as would have been used by ancient people, inside the chapel – thus bringing together not only the outside and the inside, but the old and the new – ancient symbols, including the Green Man and a Sheela-Na-Gig seen in a place decorated with images of Christian worship.

The 2 metre-high panels were all carved using a hand-held jigsaw. At the end of the chapel can be glimpsed an altar-like area, with a lighted box – revealed only after having passed through the panels.

The installation runs until the end of October.

Giant Green Man

This is the final result of a project I’ve had knocking around for a few weeks now. I wanted to make a bigger version of the ‘Tin Can Green Man’ model that I made last year, and have considered buying large sheets of metal. However, on revisiting the original models, I decided it would be interesting to make my own sheet of metal from a collection of discarded drinks cans. The cans were glued together in a patchwork and folded as before. The only new element, was the addition of some metal ivy leaves that were found in my shed during a clear-out. The model is about 40cm

Nature Wins Again

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.

Nature Will Win…

“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.

More Letter Boxes

Continuing the theme of boxes showing letters and words, I have been trying to ‘soften’ up the font to be more appropriate for the word definitions. Words such as ‘joyful’ and ‘gentleness’ need to be less geometric in their design. However, a box with the letters cut out isn’t robust enough so I have decided to mock up a box with the letters ‘carved’ into the faces. This will be developed using wooden blocks and letters standing proud from the background.

Letter Boxes

Latest project – boxes made using letters spelling out the following words related to wellbeing (from the top) Play, Skip, Leap, Jump, Rest. They need spraying.