This year, I thought I would revise my website into what I suppose modern parlance would call a blog, making it more informal and sharing my thoughts on art and other things with you. As I mentioned on the homepage, I believe all forms of art should speak for themselves, and I detest the the wordy and frequently unintelligible effusions that so often accompany the visual arts these days. However, there are some helpful things that can be said which can be informative, both with regards to how an artwork has come about and its raison d'être.
I have also added two extra links from this page. The first deals with general and varied reflections under the title of Views from a French Lavatory, which I hope to continue from time to time.
link is to some of my poems. I have produced these for as long
as I have painted and sculpted. Many of them reflect similar
concerns; some are direct reflections of sculpture I have
produced; and others are a reflection of my life as a farmer.
One of the attractions of commission work for me is that it develops into a conversation between artist and client. The nature of a blog is, as I understand it, that it also carries the possibility of becoming a conversation. Therefore, if you have any comments you would like to make, do email me at email@example.com and I will reply.
I was recently asked to produce a sculpture of “the three wise monkeys,” to which I agreed - with the proviso that they would not be monkeys, and not sitting in a row.
This is, in fact, fair enough, since although the image of the monkeys is very ancient, and the association of monkeys with wisdom in eastern culture long standing, it appears that this is partly because the word monkey is a play on the Japanese word for wisdom, so it is possible that the monkeys themselves might be an afterthought.
Whatever, I wanted to present the image in human form, and as the idea developed, it took on a different direction altogether. The covered eyes, ears and mouths became a representation of those individuals and groups who cannot speak for themselves or if they can, dare not; for those who, if they do speak, are not listened to, or are ignored by wilful blindness. The sculpture has therefore become an image of repression and suppression, and of the anxiety that goes with them. It is a call - that might also go unheard - against that disregard and fear of expression which have, across the centuries, been imposed by individuals; political, religious and other groups; by desensitized bureaucracies; and perhaps, most insidiously, by fashions of thought.
It is my hope that I might be presented with a situation where this 34 cm high sculpture could become the maquette for a large scale work.
Three articles by me have been published, or are to be published, this year:
Sculpting St. Edmund in Quad, the Oxford Alumni magazine
Medium isn't the Message, and Reconstructing
Notre Dame in the art magazine The
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