A sculpture garden using pictograms to create a simple visual narrative connecting people with place. It is intended to be a place of leisure and reflection; with an educational element responding to the history of the site intended to promote an initial interest and engagement with the locality.
The artworks form a history path, much like a maze. Interweaving paths make up a figure of eight knot, referencing the site's nautical location and the site's surface area.
The garden reveals aspects of Portishead, such as shipping, industry, recreation, wildlife, geography, culture, etc.
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Thematically my work deals with the poetics of objects and materials and the implication of inherent meaning. My work explores the relationship of image and object and the context in which and how it is placed. My work is equally located on the floor or wall mounted. I regularly work in multiple objects, where collectively individual works may transform their meaning. Mostly my work is presented as installation. I work in a variety of materials; wax, ash, lead, chocolate, bronze, pewter, jam etc.
The focus of my work is based on the transfiguration of the sign. Exploring memory and association. I am concerned with the transformation, of the sign into object. I use a range of materials which are predominantly cast, a recent project combined chocolate and bronze to translate a sign which would hover between real and constructed, real life and artifice. The work is intended to challenge the notion of authenticity and multiple realities. I hope to construct a narrative, which interrogates personal and cultural identity. In transforming symbols and signs, official becomes personal, public, becomes private and new readings question meanings and our associations. My work explores a poetic association of a generic sign in relation to individual responses and context. The signs/symbols are transformed through process, material and location, which invert or relocate their meaning. Juxtaposing a relationship between individual, local, national and global consciousness.
2005 RUH Bath
2004 St Paul’s Cathedral, London
2004 Jerwood Space, London Any day now
1999 Forge, Bath Flourish
2004 Public Sculpture The Forum Bath
2005 Public Sculpture Port Marine Portishead