Using clay as my primary modelling medium, I explore my interest in both the human condition and our visceral connection to the landscape. My investigations focus on figurative sculpture, exploring our relationship with ourselves, others and the environment. Through my work I hope to explore fragmented memories of our passage through time and the landscape. I want to try to give substance to a moment or feeling that’s on the periphery of our consciousness, it’s there but elusive, we have trouble grasping it, holding on to it.
I’ve lived almost all my life in North Ayrshire and studied at GSA as a mature student.
16 years after leaving art school I found my mentor, Andy Sinclair. He revitalised my compulsion to make and so I began to return to my first love, sculpture.
Currently I mould and cast my clay sculptures myself. My casts are made from resin with mainly metal powders or pigments added. I’m becoming increasingly fascinated by the effects I can achieve from the various metal powders.
Following the Stars (Limited Edition of 3)
Following the Stars hints at the journeys we make through life and the landscape, how places we have been stay with us, they become part of our psyche, informing who we are, the decisions we make. It refers to how we once mapped our journeys primarily through the position of the stars and how gazing at the skies reminds us of how insignificant we are as individuals, how our time here is short in comparison to the age of our universe yet we are connected to this we are part of something so much greater than ourselves, we are part of its story.
Originally modelled in clay; a mould was taken and 3 casts were made. Cast in resin with metal powders or pigments added, each cast was worked on after moulding so although they are from the same mould each is different.
Inspired by my walks along the North Shore. A place where some of my best thinking happens, where a sense of calm descends. My heart never fails to be lifted, my soul to be fed and feelings of awe stirred by the ever changing landscape.
Dimensions: (including base) H43 x W24 x D25cm
Weight: approx 8kg
Stag (limited edition of 10 in a variety of resins) £400 each
I associate the stag with home. I see a stag, I think of Scotland.
The making of the party of stags I viewed both as a challenge to and a development of my skills but they became much more. My intention is for each stag to be different whether it’s a metal powder or a pigment that’s been added to the resin, the position of the antlers, a patina or finish, there will be subtle or obvious differences. Currently the plan is to make 4 iron resin stags, there are 3 iron resin stags at the moment: one rusted with seawater from the North Shore; one rusted in tap water; one which will not be rusted.
There is one copper resin stag at the moment (another 2 are planned), he has been made in the way I originally visualised the stags even though he was not the first one cast; copper metal powder added to the resin to convey the idea of the ‘Red Stag’. Through my research I came across the white stag, not an albino but a genetic anomaly and the Stags went off in another direction. As often with the process of making, what we start out with is not where we end up. (An update on the direction that the remaining stags followed accompanies each stag. The edition of 10 is now complete.)
Dimensions: approx H35 x W30 x D10cm
Weight: approx 1.5kg
Iron Resin Stag 1/10 (sold)
Initially with this stag, obtaining a ‘red’ through rusting the iron added to the resin was my focus. This particular rust was made by immersing the stag in local sea water, I have found there is rust and there is rust, it all depends on the water. This particular stag has to me become a comment on what we view as ‘natural’. Our ‘natural’ Scottish landscape has been heavily influenced by our intervention and manipulation over the centuries. Red deer are thriving in Scotland as they no longer have natural predators and now we cull to control.
Copper Resin Stag 2/10
This was the original ‘red’ that I planned. There will be more copper resin stags but they will not be the same as this one. One stag will have an antiqued copper finish and the other will have that beautiful blue/green patina that copper takes on.
Aluminium Resin Stag 3/10
Iron Resin Stag 4/10 rust obtained through immersion in tap water ( on display at the Barony shop)
Iron Resin Stag 5/10 SOLD
The Great Pretender, Resin Stag 6/10 SOLD. This stag changed the direction that I had planned for my stags. The plan was 4 iron resin, 3 of which would be rusted using a variety of methods; 3 copper resin, in a variety of finishes; 1 aluminium resin and 2 white stags. The Great Pretender, was cast in resin with no metal powder added, he was then meant to be painted white… but I liked him…and so did the visitors to my studio. Clearly he didn’t get painted…he’s just pretending to be a white stag…
The stags that followed all changed due to this stag, my little catalyst.
Stag Resin 7/10.
Resin Stag with Copper Resin Antlers 8/10
Iron Resin Stag with Rusted Iron Resin Antlers 9/10
Iron Resin Stag with Resin Antlers 10/10.
Emily, Iron Resin, Rusted.
Dimensions: approx. H59 x L32 x D23.5cm
Weight: approx. 7.5kg
Sea Imp, limited edition of 5 in a variety of resins and finishes
Sea Imp 1/5, copper resin, verdigris finish.
Dimensions: approx. H49 x L28 x D46cm
Weight: approx. 7.5kg