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1st prize winner for sculpture @ 2021 Open Exhibition.
12.11.2016 - 4.2.2017
Mixed media sculpture:- copper covered wire, coloured bead wire, tissue paper, PVA, Dylon, wood.
Height - 100cm
Width - 80cm
Depth - 20cm
Weight - 1.523kg
This mixed media sculpture focuses on how we feel about ageing. I chose to use an honesty seed as the base for my sculpture as it was a theme I'd used before to highlight the beauty and interest that ageing brings. I wanted to make the sculpture look like ageing skin. The colours and thinness of older skin is quite beautiful, although I know cosmetic companies would have us believe otherwise. I also wanted to represent the scars we acquire as we age, whether through surgery or through physical or mental battles. I made an appeal on social media for people to offer their quotes on how they feel about ageing. There are 42 individual quotes included in the sculpture. I was truly inspired by the positive response - so many had looked at their lives as a blessing and had embraced both good and bad experiences. Very few people had negative responses.
The sculpture is grounded in wood that has been treated to mirror the colours and textures in the cells, however, I wanted to give the sculpture a feeling of lightness that mirrors how age and experience gives us the confidence to rise above the need for social conformity, but also stops us because we are aware we need to continue to set good examples, so I used copper coated wire that makes the sculpture float, but also traps it at the same time.
Photographer: Julie Rawson