Connected #1

by Jo Chapman

  • Date 2020
  • Size w25cm x d17cm x h17
  • Materials aluminium, card, paint, wax, oak

These small sculptures are handmade and use a mix of materials such as aluminium, card, wood, wax, paint, resin and thread

The sculpture draws reference from the natural and industrial and alludes to themes of connection, balance, fragility, strength and dependency. The solid dark shape has echoes of carbon, coal or rock and the balanced arc of slotted geometric forms has internal strength from just touching.

This series of small sculptures are a natural progression from the maquettes that I make for my large-scale public works. This can be the most creative part, playing with forms and ideas, being experimental and manipulating the materials into the structures. It is a responsive and intuitive way of working in contrast to the commitment of time, thought and process involved in fabricating a large finished artwork in steel or bronze.

The use of low-tech materials is also a response to the events of this 2020 utilising the materials I had to hand in the studio and recycling packaging that came with increased deliveries. Home has now become the workplace for many people so these small works are to bring art into the home instead of the urban landscape.

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