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My work is not conceptual but often an emotional response to the world that I experience. Human relationships, problems and emotions find expression through the human figure. The construction of the internal armature is part of the sculpture’s creative journey leading to the shapes and forms in space – line and volume. At some point during this process the work takes on a life of its own. At this point the dialogue between me and the sculpture begins. This is almost the only reason why I sculpt – this inner exploration of my relationship to the world that I find myself in.
The creation of my sculptures is a very private act that originates from deep within my sub-conscience. Often the idea just happens without much conscious thought. Verbal communication – especially with strangers, does not come naturally to me. Thus sculpture – like music, has become my universal language. In the act of creation I therefore talk to myself. It has become a way of exploring my inner emotions.
Each sculpture has its own persona. It might change as work progresses and it is one of the reasons why I find it difficult to name my sculptures. It eventually will also be interpreted differently by each viewer.
Sculpture is an integral part of my life and the unspoken language in which I express my own humanity. If, by any chance the viewer feels compelled to touch my work, I feel that I have succeeded in my attempt to communicate.
There are many ways in which I can start a sculpture. Usually movement is the spark that inspires, but lately just a simple stillness (as in yoga pose) can also be the trigger. As humans we can all identify with the emotions and feelings irrespective of our backgrounds. Therefore the human form has become my universal language in which I prefer to express myself. The extreme poses portray extreme emotions. The figures are often androgynous. Often, when I start sculpting, the rhythm, feeling and line are the important factors. Only towards the end do I have to decide on a gender and by then usually the sculpture itself has determined its own sex.
As the nature of sculpture is three-dimensional it therefore intrudes into our living space and becomes a lot more intimate by nature. It is tangible and the sensation of touch is one of our most important senses. Everybody enjoys touching or being touched by those dear to us. I find the duality of bronze as a medium fascinating. During the actual casting there-of it is hot and liquid as water. Once cast it becomes cold and hard. The sculptor’s art is to understand this medium and to create shapes and textures that will still entice the viewer to reach out and touch the warmth and softness that is captured within the work. When and if you the viewer touch my work, I have been successful to communicate with you despite our various backgrounds.
Contrary to a painting, a photograph or a drawing that has its own built-in source of light captured by the artist, a sculpture’s light source continually varies according to its physical circumstances. Sometimes the surface is smooth and other times impressionistic – each reflecting light in a different way (hard or soft). Another important factor is that a sculpture’s rhythm and line must be able to stand on its own without needing a patina to make it “pretty” and acceptable. I would ideally like to naturally age my work over a period of months or even years to develop its own character/patina. But today’s society is one of instant gratification and thus the use of chemical patinas.
As with people, no two works are alike even though they might be editions of the same work. The nature of lost wax casting ensures that all works are unique.
Enough said about my view on my works – let them now speak for themselves…
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