This sculptural project is the start of a collaborative and ongoing journey between myself and artist/sculptor Wayne Chisnall. You can read his blog here.
Wayne and I are creating a body of work which will use ceramic, metals and wood; investigating the tension between the materials, we wish to investigate fragility, displacement and growth. This project is a direct response to the experience of being in lockdown in the UK during 2020.
Wayne and I wish to explore the essence of humanity in its rawest sense, playing with themes such as freedoms and constraints and make into 3D that which cannot be physically touched. Wayne and I will be working on one sculpture and then release the control over to the other to then work on and respond to.
Within my own art practice as a fine art ceramicist, I wish to explore and push the boundaries of my own knowledge and skills; scaling up work and incorporating other materials such as metals and wood.
After initial experimentation through welding, casting and the introduction to found branches in my work during 2018/19, I decided to approach Wayne to embark on this project with me. Wayne has extensive experience and knowledge of sculpting with timber, found objects, metals and resins and also has a wild imagination! We both have a passion for the woodlands surrounding Shropshire and regularly scavenge for discarded used objects and fallen tree branches to use in our own work. We both seek refuge in the woodland surrounding the 'Wrekin' and Ercall Woods in Wellington, Telford and feel privileged to have this on our doorstep. I suspect Wayne has a bigger collection of found objects than myself though (and I'm slightly jealous of this!)
I'm hoping this project will open up discussion surrounding prejudice and discrimination in our communities on a personal and global level.