The most important part of my practice is the making, it has become a fundamental element. I learn through play and the possibilities of the materials; how far can I push them? What forms can I achieve? Will they develop into further work? This work happened by accident and was an experiment with scale using jelly. I documented the jelly slowly seeping through the crevices of the cling film and onto the floor. I left the piece over a period of 3 days and the jelly engaged with the floor, leaving a residue and mould on the surface.
These bread forms were draped over the chair within a controlled manner and left in a vulnerable state. The dough begins to expand and invades the space, causing the cling film to burst and the forms to loose their shape and fall from the chair. I have no control of this; both myself and the work have control at some point during the process. However gravity, due to the weight of the dough will eventually have full control and dictate the forms. My next step is to play with height and take advantage of the elasticity of the dough and play with the material as it stretches from varied heights.
It was a positive feeling today to get back into the foundry. As I am in a new environment you learn new ways or methods of completing the same process. Casting has always played an important role in my journey so far as a sculptor; the opportunities I’ve had, the people within the casting industry that I’ve come into contact with have shaped my practice. The process has always been the exciting and liberating element for me. Although I don’t find that metal casting is involved in my work or practice at the moment it is still and always will be a passion of mine. My training and background is mould making and foundry work and as a traditionally trained sculptor casting will always be an important method of making and an interest of mine.