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PHILIPPINE SOWERBY

I live in rural Wales and my sculptures are made in the local wood that grows all around my home. It is important for me that my work is in this ordinary, readily-available material that everyone knows. I want to give value to the everyday, to make its beauty visible and present.

I enjoy the process of working with the wood; sculpting is a relationship between me and my material. As I work, the grain, texture and colour of the wood often prompt me to adjust my design so that the final piece reflects a balance between my intervention and the inherent structure of the wood. In my work, you will find strength and fragility interlinked and interdependent, as well as the play of darkness with light, and space with structure.

At present, I am exploring ways of hollowing out wood, working on the interplay between different planes, and methods of distressing the wood, challenging my technique and the wood to breaking point.

 

I am also a member of The Welsh Group.

 

www.philippinesowerby.com




 

space in between
fragility
Top left: Fagility
Left: Radiant
Above: The Space in Between