PROCESS AND TECHNIQUES
 
The inspiration for my work has very humble origins, tools and techniques that have been used by stone carvers and masons for many years, using feathers and wedges to split stone into rough blocks ready for working.
By utilising the techniques of splitting stone with wedges I create sculpture that displays the brutality and jeopardy of this process.
My aim is to elevate this process beyond its utilitarian origins in a Monumental sculptural form.
I am driven to explore the possibilities of composition, proportion and Monumentality regardless of size and scale.
I believe it is possible for a sculpture to attain Monumentality through its projection of proportional acuity. The perception of the viewer can be manipulated by the correctness of the proportional relationship of the components that make up the over all composition, for instance the thickness of bar or length and width of a wedge in comparison to the stone.
The stance or presence of the composition can influence implied scale. Surface texture can also play a part in the impression of scale as can the ideas of the maker, all these factors must be considered when designing and making sculpture.
 
"whatever i need i make"
I forge the tools that I use in the working of stone.
As an artist that forges metal I have an appreciation for the unique qualities of hand forged tools, I may need to harden and temper the metal to give me the desired strength for a cutting tool or set of feathers and wedges. Having the ability to manipulate the properties of a material enables me to work on my sculptures with freedom, "whatever I need I make" whether its a chisel, a wedge or some tie rods.
 
                          
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                        
 
                     

the wedge

The humble wedge is integral to almost all of my work, the power of such a simple thing never fails to amaze me, its physical attributes are modest but it has presence beyond its simplicity, having the ability to stand alone as a symbol of strength and a pure sculptural form elevates it to more than just a wedge.
Working with two different materials which react to force in completely opposite ways presents a challenge; it challenges my mind, my body and my spirit.
My mind deals with the how and the why, my body adapts to the unique requirements of each material and my spirit connects with both through respect and undertstanding for how each responds to manipulation.
Hot forging metal allows the material to move by exerting force; through physical interaction one becomes aware of the plasticity of metal.
Stone on the other hand is less compliant when trying to impart form to the material, it involves a certain amount of jeopardy and unlike metal it resists movement.
It is this resistance that I want to capture, the moment of impact when the stone is cleaved in two.
I am excited by the immediacy of hot metal forging coupled with the simplicity of steel wedges driven into stone, both require percussive force, both result in material manipulation.

 
 

creating objects of pure process

"My sculptures are objects of pure process and serve as reminders of those that have gone before us, I see them as Monuments to the invisible craftsman often overlooked but never forgotten".​​​​​​​