I’ve been having fun with a new piece. It started as a clear idea, based on a dying spiky pod form I came across, which mesmerised me. A familiar yet unfamiliar form. I photographed and drew it. Gnarled creases, mould growths and thin spikes on red skin; an hourglass shape ending in dried, dripping leaves held a history of growth and decay. Ugly elegance. I needed to explore this form by making it. I gathered together a selection of my reclaimed copper and steel components, and one by one, they told me where they should go. It’s been a collaboration between us, a journey with risks, but whether it succeeds or not, I’m enjoying myself!
I owe a huge thank you to John Shepherd Feeders in Doulting, who, over the years, have given me steel bits. For this piece, John gave me a steel plate for the base.
When finished, the piece – which will stand tall with a large, delicate, woven wire butterfly perched on it – will be installed in Lanhydrock National Trust Estate, Cornwall from March – November. You might like to visit it there!