Creating Cast Shadows

Somehow I seem to have found myself moving almost full circle in my use of scale.  I began with intricate delicate jewellery in silver and moved abruptly in a dramatic change of scale to a few bulky fabrications in painted MDF, then mild steel sculpture as big as I could make it. I yearned to go bigger, larger than life but for that you need money, strength, a whole workshop full of specialist equipment, space and hopefully a commission. After a liberating but all too brief dalliance with pleated paper and an even briefer sojourn with copper sheet, I adopted a more restrained approach,  all white sculpture on a domestic scale in a medium quite new to me until now, cast plaster. Gradually and almost without realising what was afoot, the scale has slid back down, close to jewellery sized pieces.
Throughout this whole exploration of materials and processes, runs my habitual theme of repetition, it seems to be the one constant, indeed it is undeniably quite my favourite. And of course my second favourite, the aspect that sits so well with repetition – cast shadows.

 

Sally Wakelin pleated paper installation

Relueaux Triangle Sculpture

Soft daylight casting shadows over hemispherical arrangement

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2 thoughts on “Creating Cast Shadows

  1. Lovely to see your sixtieth birthday gift to me of the copper twist so beautifully photographed here. (Five images down from the top.) I’ve always thought your silver jewellery to be sculptural, and so it’s been wonderful to see you carry yourself further forward on that front. There are gorgeous things here Sally. You’re a marvel!

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