My work and inspiration - artist statement
Using natural materials gathered from English woodlands I make small assembled sculptures in which fragments and details of nature are held up to be admired and reflected upon.
These materials - bark, thorns, leaves and twigs are often overlooked, trodden on and discarded despite the wealth of colour, pattern and texture they offer. The irregularities, tiny imperfections and random twists and turns make each item unique.
My search for materials is an endless and satisfying process as each day I return with some new find to incorporate into the work through assembly, twining, coiling and weaving.
Following a 25 year career as a curator in public galleries I am now enjoying using art collections, both historical and contemporary, as a rich and varied resource for my own work and ideas.
I am a passionate advocate of museums and galleries and a regular visitor to the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford; the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield; Compton Verney, Warwickshire and the British Museum, London.
Click on the link below to watch my gathering video from R&A Collaborations.