Title1 Selected


Joie De Vivre I
Private Commission. 2010.
T-Material, coiled, wax finish
680h x 270w x 270d

Joie De Vivre II
T –Material, coiled, wax finish
810h x 340w x 270d
Plaster maquette for a bronze sculpture
340mm high

After a visit to an exhibition based on Cubism at a chateau in the Dordogne in 1993 I bought a book there to mark the event on Henri Laurens. The text was in French, which is not my forte, but the images were a revelation. I explored in my sketchbook possible variations from some of his sculptures. Those drawings stayed dormant until I was given this commission to celebrate a young woman’s 21st birthday. The drawings of the standing female torso seemed to encapsulate the energy and the potential, of the self -possessed nature of a young woman’s body. The maquette happened to evolve intuitively and the form had an ambiguity. Could the upper part be a section of body, or a bodice, like the dancer sculpture by Degas? It was an interesting possibility. The building of two slotting sections also presented quite a challenge throughout the building, firing and finishing processes.

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