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Bronze Sculpture and Hot Arts

Aluminium Pour (2018)

Studying the Advanced Diploma at The Learning Connexion has encouraged me to explore other hot metals like aluminium. This allows me to participate in the whole process : melting, pouring and sculpting a piece. The example below was made in three stages.

Bronze Ballet Dancer Series (2015-2018)

Wanting to sculpt the human form, I decided to focus on ballet dancers Rudolph Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn.  Their athleticism, expressive body language and the intimacy between each other was a joy to capture and model in wax (see their performance in Romeo and Juliet).

The sculpture “Paradise Lost” has been rendered in a high relief style in sympathy to the costuming used in the ballet of the 1960’s.  Other sculptures are rendered in a more expressive style.

Bronze Torso Series (2015-2016)

We don’t all have a dancer's body so I am working on a series of sculptures that reflect the body shapes I see around me … bodies sunken with age, those encased in loose fat folds, ravaged by breast cancer or the subtle nuances of mental illness. As I work on a piece at some point I fall in step with it and an affection develops. This surprised me as I hadn’t expected this response to the torsos. Maybe it is an awareness that each body holds something precious within?

Other Bronze Sculptures (2012-2015)

These are some of my earlier sculptures. Most have been cast in the lost wax method but the Reclining Figure was carved in polyestyrene and sandcast.