Recycling 500-year-old salvaged timbers from the fire at Britain's oldest hotel. Installations at Exeter Cathedral, Powderham Castle, Teignmouth Lighthouse. Linked to Creative Wellbeing Workshops. Photo: CC Aerial Solutions
“E cineribus resurgo” (out of the ashes, I rise again) re-re-uses burnt timbers from Hope & Renewal to dramatise the movement from the horizontal to the vertical, as if rising again and heralding a new future. Linked to Creative Wellbeing Workshops.
Biocycles captures the ambiguity of an ending being a beginning. When something’s time is up, it makes way for another to emerge and grow. This reflects cycles of growth and decay, our place in the natural world and ecological evolution.
Ambiguity is part of the natural order. An ending can be a beginning. When something dies, it creates space for others to grow. When the great oak tree falls, it spawns space and light for a thousand seedlings. Ascension. Descension. Scension. Linked to dance workshops.
Counterbalancing obsessions with 'growth', 'progress' and 'success' we have the realities of 'fall', 'decline' and returning to earth. Asteria, goddess of falling stars knew all about this.
This theme is inspired by classical traditions from ancient Greece, blended with a contemporary twist. These torsos show strength and vitality while deep fissures hint at interior vulnerabilities.
Dramatising the hope that can come when new growth emerges from the old, perhaps making something stronger or more beautiful than what we saw before the fall?
Sculpture exploring how wizened, desiccated, seemingly dead old plants can give birth to the most delicate shoots. It's new life from old, right in front of our eyes.