These three original works from a set of six mark a return to figurative sculpture in my art practice. This return has been triggered by personal experience of people's health and my perception of the human emotional states of despair and hope. Their small size means that they can be held in the hand and references Japanese carved Netzuke. Netzuke are miniature carved figures which originally had a practical use in securing sagemono to the sashes of a kimono. Over time they have become highly sought after works of art, the skill involved in their carving commands respect.
My three figures deliberately lack detail and are not as small as Netzuke, the unfinished quality of their form is contradicted by the permanence of the bronze they are cast in. As such they gesture towards the human species as a work in progress where 'the whole is other than the sum of its parts' (Gestalt psychologist Kurt Koffka). Changes in the display of the whole alter the group's dynamic and are encouraged.
Bronze Angel With Gold Leaf
I am interested in the processes of creativity, the completeness of the connection between hand and eye fascinates me. In 1998 I began experimenting with modelling wax to create small scale angels and did not intend to make a ‘finished’ piece . I was more interested in the action of my hands on the wax so initially I made short films documenting their changing forms. Their small size was particularly significant since they could be held within the hand. The paradox of being able to hold a divine being who possessed the ability to fly in my hand was appealing.