White portland cement/ferrous cement; cast from clay with indented lettering.
I first saw these heads in a butchers in Kathmandu, Nepal, where they are a delicacy. without refrigeration animals are killed and sold within the day, This goat had died within an hour of being on display.
Hence the "Visceral " experience. The wording on the heads either side of the central goat read: " I am" : "I was" .
"the girl who stayed by the sea forever"
Size 65cmH x 50cm D x 35 W (confirm)
Cast from clay.
"need for joy"
Direct ferrous white portland cement. Life size.
The title comes from the British poet; WH Auden's "sonnet from China XVII" . The words " speak to our muscles of a need for joy" are engraved along the entire of the arms and chest. The sonnet reads: "Simple like all dream-wishes, they employ The elementary rhythyms of the heart, Speak to our muscles of a need for joy: The dying and the lovers bound to part
Hear them and have to whistle. Ever new, They mirror every change in our position, They are our evidence of how we do, The very echo of our lost condition.
Think in this year what pleased the dancers best, When Austria died, when China was forsaken, Shanghai in flames and Teruel re-taken.
France put her case before the world: Partout Il y a de la joie. America addressed Mankind: Do you love me as I love you?
Wh Auden, sonnets from China XVII
"Anima - chicken"
Ferrous cement/blue pigment/ copper 2015
47cm H x 12cm x 12cm
Clay cast using pigmented ferrous cement and mortar.
The Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung originated the term "anima" as meaning the expression of the feminine in man. Post Jung the concept has become more widely known as an expression of the "other " in ourselves.
White Portland/grey mortar/copper nails.
78cmH x 47cmW x 27cmD
Pigmented cement/ mortar/ silver filigree. Wood.
60cm x 20 x 40cm
Pigmented cement/gold leaf
60cm H x 20 x 20cm
This sculpture was part of the "anima" series. It is cast from clay to ferrous cement with red pigment added.
Ferrous cement/driftwood/image transfer 2014
This work was inspired by John Banville's book "The Sea". An exercpt was applied by image transfer across the body. It reads: "Life, authentic life, is supposed to be all struggle, unflagging action and affirmation, the will butting its blunt head against the world's wall, suchlike, but when I look back I see that the greater part of my energies was always given over to the simple search for shelter, for comfort, for, yes, I admit it, for cosiness. This is a surprising, not to say shocking, realisation. Before, I saw myself as something of a buccaneer, facing all-comers with a cutlass in my teeth, but now I am compelled to acknowledge that this was a delusion. To be concealed, protected, guarded, that is all I have ever truly ever wanted, to burrow down into a place of womby warmth and cower there, hidden from the sky's indifferent gaze and the air's harsh damagings. That is why the past is just such a retreat for me, I go there eagerly, rubbing my hands and shaking off the cold present and the colder future. And yet, what existence, really, does it have, the past? After all, it is only what the present was, once, the present that is gone, no more than that. And yet.”
Pigmented cement/mortar/copper wire. Direct cement method from metal armature.
Imperative:; definition =
1. of vital importance; crucial.
"immediate action was imperative"
1. an essential or urgent thing."
50cmL x 30cmH x 24D
"anima - blue"
60cmH x 20 x 20cm
this work was part of the series exploring the concept of "Anima" .
The silicone was cast from clay and legs of mortar added.
"the fear of non-existence"
Silicone/wood : 63cm H/52cm W /56 D (life size)
The title relates to the Buddhist concept of our basic human fear; the fear of non existence.
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