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BA Sculpture, Camberwell College of Arts 2014
MDF, Iron Powder and PaintOriginal100 x 40 x 20 cm
"The 19th century objects that inspire me had a utilitarian, mechanical or industrial functional derived from civil engineering. My sculptures do not have these purposes but instead elude to them. I often make work around a particular shape that references an architectural style or period. For instance, a beam to support a bridge, a cylinder to hold a station clock, or a railway lantern to illuminate. These became the basis for collections or categories within my own work, sometimes making my studio look like a Victorian bespoke architectural supplier.
In this series of works I alube to the bespoke ornate architecture often seen supporting a station clock. However, what looks like rusted cast iron is in fact laser cut wood, that is then treated with theatrical process to make the work mimic the appearance of weathered steel. By juxtaposing the material and removing it's functional purpose my sculptures are both historical, theatrical but also new contemporary art-works. In my studio I play with these attributes and contradictions while making my work."