Studio 117 – Frances Clark Sculpture

Clay portrait classes Frances Clark

Frances Clark Sculpture

Opening Times:
Thursday – 11am to 4pm
Friday to Saturday – 10.30am to 4pm
Saturday 25th Aug 10:30am to 2:30pm (in the Barony Centre from 2:30pm)
Saturday 8th Sept to Saturday 15th Sept – out of studio

Work on display in Gallery Shop.

 
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  • Studio 117, 117 Main Street, West Kilbride, KA23 9AR

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)

On display at the Barony Centre from 5th – 25th Sept 2018

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

Following the Stars
Following the Stars
Following the Stars, Black Resin Sculpture 1/3, Frances Clark
Following the Stars, Antiqued Copper Resin Sculpture 2/3, Frances Clark
Following the Stars, Antiqued Copper Resin Sculpture 2/3, Frances Clark
Following the Stars, Aluminium Resin Sculpture 3/3, Frances Clark

Stag (limited edition of 10 in a variety of resins)

 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.

Dimensions: approx H35 x W30 x D10cm

Weight: approx 1.5kg

clay stag claying up Frances Clark Sculpture
clay stag Frances Clark Sculpture
pre rust Frances Clark Stag Iron Resin Sculpture 1/10
Iron Resin Stag rusted 1/10 Frances Clark Sculpture
Iron Resin Stag rusted 1/10 Frances Clark Sculpture
Copper Resin Stag 2/10 Frances Clark Sculpture

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.

Frances Clark Iron Resin Stag Sculpture rusted 4 of 10
Frances Clark Iron Resin Stag Sculpture rusted 4 of 10
Frances Clark Iron Resin Stag Sculpture rusted 4 of 10

Iron Resin Stag 4/10 rust obtained through immersion in tap water

Frances Clark Iron Resin Stag Sculpture 5 of 10
Frances Clark Iron Resin Stag Sculpture 5 of 10
Frances Clark Iron Resin Stag Sculpture 5 of 10

Iron Resin Stag 5/10

Emily

Frances Clark, Emily Iron Resin Sculpture
Frances Clark, Emily Iron Resin Sculpture
Frances Clark, Emily Iron Resin Sculpture

Emily, Iron Resin, on display at the Barony Centre, 5th – 25th Sept 2018.

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

Frances Clark Sculpture, Sea Imp, copper resin, verdigris finish
Frances Clark Sculpture, Sea Imp, copper resin, verdigris finish
Frances Clark Sculpture, Sea Imp, copper resin, verdigris finish

Sea Imp 1/5, copper resin, verdigris finish, on display at the Barony Centre, 5th – 25th Sept 2018.

Dimensions: approx. H49 x L28 x D46cm

Weight: approx. 7.5kg