Again this year I will be participating in the Loveland Show.
As usual I will have number of new pieces, along with recent additions to old series. Come along and join over 140 sculptors for a fun and interesting time.
Works I will be showing this year include, Journey, Three Worlds and Phoenix Rising. My new pieces are Crossing, Crann Beatha, a number of individual wall hangings based around the Tree of Life concept, Sky Dance and the second of a planned Arabesque series.
This sculptural maquette I completed in 2012 having considered the idea for some time. The original concept was to produce a garden sculpture that would link different areas both physically and visually. The pieces would be placed amongst the plantings creating their own journey which would change depending on time of day, weather conditions, season, etc. The figures are designed to reflect growth and movement and by their similarity provide a constant in the ever changing environment of the garden.
Three Worlds brings together the Celtic belief in the underworld, the earthworld and the skyworld and the myriad of triple deities which litter their pantheon. Bringing together these ideas in one piece creates nine different worlds each each one separate and distinct and yet forever linked by their common roots and future growth.
Growing from a found tree root mounted on a piece of sandstone, Phoenix Rising is one of the tallest sculptures I have so far produced. The root has been altered by the addition of small female figures made from epoxy, and patinaed in blue to give the suggestion of water. The figures wind around the sculpture in a clockwise direction until a more recognizable larger human representation is formed continuing with arms held aloft then terminating in tree branches, giving the impression of both growth and rebirth. The figure has two distinct aspects, the female looking straight ahead at the world, and the male with his head facing upwards towards the sun and the future.
Stages, Reach and Delicado will all be at the show, as will Passing By the first three are all pieces which address natural growth and shape changing and all are abstracted female figurative pieces.
Passing By is made from pit-fired ceramic. The lower half of the figures is formed to suggest water but decorated to resemble polished stone. The similarity of the figures indicates a kinship, but their positioning and demeanor would seem to convey the opposite.