A message from a pub

Spotted on a side street whilst on a recent trip to Singapore...

Inanimate symbolism

Simple mannequins from a recycling yard.

To me there’s a poignant and severe harshness here in what is fundamentally a pile of inanimate plastic mouldings.

Once heaped in a mass or stood in a group they transform into a macabre image of the atrocities associated with the genocides over history.

Trust in Love

Here’s my latest piece, which when finished will be solid cast in stainless steel, polished and mounted onto a Corten steel base – currently the wax is with Lost Wax Developments awaiting investment casting.

This piece portrays the all too frequent way in which the conviction, hope and belief in love can be ill-founded - the heart of one is deeply imbedded in the other, the trust of love destroyed, eradicated completely, with the innocent painfully bleeding and the guilty dominating, overpowering and ultimately remaining unscathed.

It’s another piece in my series of sculptures exploring the often over romantic notions surrounding love, and especially the symbolic heart that depicts it….

“Unrequited” – The crippling agony and suffocating loneliness of love that is not returned.
“Without” – The confusion in life where love simply does not exist.
“The End” – The dark destruction and totality of love that ends.
“Search” – The often endless and fruitless search for love in life.
“Lost” – The emptiness and lifelessness of lost love.
“Imprisoned” – The confinement of a love unavailable.
“Give and take” – The loss of one’s heart when given to another.

….each one bringing an unseen opposing image and significance to the common perception.

The piece is scheduled for casting in late February, and once complete will feature here.

The Effect of Her

This piece is quite personal, and was created from a long and powerful emotion that led to a small idea which just kept growing inside me.

The heart is partially split, but the split line is that of a silhouette of a girl – you can interpret the piece however you want, has the girl has broken the heart, is she responsible for its repair, or perhaps it’s only her that can hold the heart together….

….for me, it’s all of those things, because she is my heart, simply by lying beside me….

The piece is solid stainless steel with the central split being wire eroded. The shaping and finishing of the heart is entirely by hand, and the piece is mounted on oak to provide a warm yet contrasting background and is wall hung.

Size 130mm x 150mm

Sit down and admire

The interaction of hard materials with natural products is one that continually impresses me.
I've mixed woods and metals in previous pieces (such as "Imprisoned" in the December '14 blog post) but here is and example from Uriel Natan Schwartz, who clearly understands the potential beauty of the combination...

Just perfect....

Titles for hammers

Here's a new piece that's really just a bit of fun, coming about from me wondering whether I could actually make it or not more than anything else...

It's seems to have a very British sense of humour about it - I had a lot of fun making it and oddly it seems to feel right in ones hand.

I've named it "Spammer" (for a lack of a better title!) .....a compliment to any tool box perhaps?!

Manufactured from a recycled vintage ball pein hammer, a similarly old adjustable spanner and a hickory shaft, all crafted together and liberally waxed and oiled....enjoy!

Open or shut

I love this....a wonderful example of man at his most stupid and at his most ingenious….

Stupid for not realising the incredibly complex lock was fitted to a somewhat weak door, ingenious for the lateral thinking in by-passing it 😊

Photo courtesy of 28-days later