This sculpture needed a name, whilst cooking for a group of family and friends, I struggled. Many suggestions were made and I threatened not to serve dinner until a name was found. Eventually ‘Waiting for Bardot’ emerged as the favourite, being a play on ‘Waiting for Godot’ (Samuel Beckett) in which Vladimir and Estragon, wait endlessly and in vain for the arrival of someone named Godot. By substituting Bardot I am trying to demonstrate the modern dream of eternal youth portrayed by Hollywood stars as elusive as Godot; however the alternative name ‘B*ll*cks I’m Hungry!’ was inspirational as it too suggests seeking more.
'Out of the Woods' is a series of wall hung and free standing sculptures inspired by the forests surrounding my home. Found wood is lovingly selected and the true beauty of the natural bark is preserved by building up layers of shellac.
Each piece depicts symbolic faerie folk emerging from the beautifully textured world they inhabit, entering into our reality, created in mirror polished bronze.
Combining the natural & the man made, with the characters all having a desire to climb, to rise, reaching constantly higher. There is some parallel to life, in that we all aspire to reach greater heights in work, relationships and achievements; forever driving onwards to the next big thing.
Mirror polished bronze on highly lacquered natural wood