"Sculptural Forms" is my third exhibition exploring the human figure, following on from "Primitif" (2002) and "Reclining Figures" (2003).
This body of work has been created with the following sculptural principles in mind; the creation of figures with separate elements, disjointed or condensed then arranged to suggest a single object, the use of both positive and negative space as a conscious element of the design and working within the limitations of a block form, thus confining the figure to exist within that framework.
In the early nineteenth century, artists such as Andre Dérain, Constantin Brancusi and Jean Arp changed our way of seeing with their experiments in modern sculpture. I see my work as a continuation of some of their ideas, specifically with the paring down of surface details, the simplification of forms and the use of polymorphic shapes. Working with the plastic nature of clay, which lends itself to the manipulation of form, the sculptures are often contorted into impossible poses; the surfaces are finished with dry tactile glazes and are mostly monochromatic.