The project I have created this year has been a journey through the process of making. Specifically the deconstruction and reconstruction of copper through the form of smelting. Through an intense set of experiments I have created work which is able to actively reflect natural forms with uncontrolled complexity while being able to appreciate the material that it is. The final work shown is called Copper Bark. This piece is the final part of the project-“The Metallic Natural Series”- a full selection of similarly created artworks that helped form the idea for its making. This sculpture was casted in a handmade cast from a full length railway sleeper. The full extent of labour, uncontrolled impressions and textures achieved in this sculpture via the process of its creation is the focus of this artwork. In the exhibition space, the sculpture was given no description, only my name and a QR code. If the viewer decided to be curious they would be taken to my page where they were met with videos of the process and descriptions of its meaning. If the viewer decided not to be curious then the work would remain as a sculpture without description and be perceived by the individual. They may see it and give it whatever meaning they wish unless curiosity takes them forward.
Full description of piece:
Copper sculpture on reclaimed scaffolding boards. Black acrylic paint. Boiler coil. Molten metal scorched Railway sleeper. small crucible with copper pipe inside. Small copper piece beneath crucible.