Art Imitating Life
Art imitating life, or life imitating art?
Part of the fun of being an artist is that you get to create anything you want.
You take inspiration from many places, including daily life.
I have always been drawn to geometric shapes and am forever looking for patterns in my concepts.
If I see something with a repetitious pattern, I can’t help myself – I just have to take on the challenge of making it.
I was initially drawn to the agave plant for its sharp points and symmetrical design.
Used frequently in modern landscaping and garden design, I wondered what it would be like to create a steel version of this fashionable succulent plant.
By placing my agave sculpture among real agave plants, I hoped to inspire the viewer to consider and question the concepts of life, art, real and unreal.
The Sheoak, inspired by my neighbour’s sheoak tree, proved a much more challenging design.
This sculpture is made from 214 individual pieces and, to be honest, the first draft didn’t quite work out and ended up at the local recycling centre.
Therefore, I was particularly satisfied when the concept successfully came together and I think it looks amazing with the rusted patina.
If this sculpture is proof of my passion for geometric patterns, it is also testament to my refusal to give up on a project, even when it is getting the better of me.
I am not happy unless I am constantly moving forward and progressing as an artist and it is for this reason my sculptures tend to get larger and more complex with time.
This type of garden art looks marvellous against springtime blooms or will create a fun, tropical atmosphere for sultry summers spent in the backyard.