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2013 Splash

The splash, for me, has come to represent a symbol of change, a release of energy as a result of energy absorbed. While investigating ideas centred on the notion of metamorphosis I came to focus on that moment where a stagnant plane, like the still surface of a body of water, flowers into a dynamic explosion of bold rounded spines and elegant curving sheets. While the change in this case is sudden and dramatic, itís not destructive and the body returns to a state of calm. But it has been changed, added too. The instrument that imparted the energy remains and is absorbed into the whole like a drop of rain or a stone cast.

GREEN SPLASH
hand carved plaster and plywood
19x23x6cm
2012

In the beginning of what might be my middle age, like many, I came to reflect on choices made over past decades and measure their success or lack of it as the case may be. Stumbling on the kernels of discontent that irritate an otherwise comfortable life Iíve sought to understand and address them. And like many, I found that the time was right to check my course and make some adjustment.

In returning to creative activities that engaged me as a child, I rediscovered an energy and enthusiasm for making that, as an adult I feel in some ways may have been misapplied. I have always enjoyed working with my hands but was often dissatisfied with the finished results. Combining the physicality and heuristics of manual construction, the abstract thought necessary to the creative process and the joy in choosing oneís own direction has proved a positive change in my life. Like the splash, energy has come to me, changed my direction and provided a sense of contentment in productivity.

 
YELLOW SPLASH
hand carved plaster and plywood
16x16x8cm
2012

These pieces are hand carved from solid blocks of plaster, sanded smooth, painted with several coats of gloss enamel and mounted in a plywood base.

ORANGE SPLASH
hand carved plaster and plywood
17x30x6cm
2012


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