A selection of Michael Jackson's sculpture
To create something uplifting and beautiful from life’s detritus is an idea I have been contemplating for some time, and one that is finally coming to fruition with a series of sculptures, which embrace this philosophy.
I have always been fascinated by structure and form, the detailed anatomy of how a thing works and moves.
For the last six years I have been developing my skills as a sculptor, but not in the classical sense of the word. Rather than using traditional materials such as wax, plaster and clay to form an original, that is then cast in bronze, I choose to use the unforgiving strength of iron as a material for my work. I collect the unusual and discarded, each piece of iron has its own history, and some morsels are hundreds of years old and have been hand made by smithies, giving them a unique patina and texture that cannot be replicated.
I begin by sketching out my ideas, conceptualizing and formulating a method of attack. I then start selecting principle pieces of iron from my collection to form the foundation of what I am proposing to make, welding each piece into place and bending it to suit and fit. I then sand blast and polish each part as it progresses; it is exhilarating to see something that was regarded as junk, come to life and be re born.