I have always loved sculpture. I love the 3-dimensional aspect and the process. Sculpture can be cast, carved, modelled or constructed.
In 2013 I was able to use the proceeds of my collaboration with Romo to finally be able to create my own.
‘Adventure’ is inspired by the Silk Route, an ancient network of trade routes that connected the East and West.
It is also a deeply personal memory treasure trove reflecting my own journey in China as a student in 1989.
These Architectural Sculptures are a personal homage to a country which has fascinated me since I was a little girl.
Each of the three monolithic slabs is unique, they represent the father, mother, and child.
I wanted to experiment with the idea of capturing my paintings within a three-dimensional space, overlaid with found objects. Sparkling Swarovski crystals, butterflies, stone, rusting metal, prayer flags, wood and perspex as a painted surface. These are layered into liquid resin, set in a huge purpose-built mould and then polished. They are nearly 3m tall and incredibly heavy!
Reminiscent of insects in amber, capturing tiny pieces of memory suspended in space.
I wanted to create a sense of solidity and presence with the scale but also fragility and almost ephemeral element where in fact the colours cast in light around the pieces were more important than the objects themselves.
Adventure was exhibited at Neo Bankside London in 2013