More Kinetic Sculptures

I have been making these things for a few years now, inspired a great deal by the exhibition on Anthony Calder at the Tate Modern two years ago and a similar exhibition in Tours, France several years before that.

But way before all of that I was inspired by my mother Rosemary who made wonderful paintings and sculptures from quite a number of different materials.

I now have her collection of Perspex® off-cuts (acrylic sheet in numerous colours), including some wonderful colours some of which are no longer available. There is a particular fluorescent orangey pink colour that I would love to be able to buy. Its possible that it was from an American source, made by a different manufacturer.

Here’s her piece made with that fluorescent pink/orange and solid sky blue Perspex® which hangs in my window and throws amazing colours and reflections around the room as the piece rotates in the heat of the sun. This photo was taken after dark, I will endeavour to replace it with a better one soon.3f77f0e8-bb32-4097-a600-c1db949adcbb

Lovely pink reflections from the sculpture above on the grey floor.

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During a week’s long drawing course at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park a number of years ago, I began to make folded paper structures, I’m not sure really why I began to make them but they look so good rotating in the breeze. I made this one after the course and it still hangs in my house.

On a different track altogether I began making mobiles from card, cutting out the pieces by hand and then sticking two together with the thread sandwiched between. The designs for both of these were a kind of homage to my parents work, they are developed from a series of drawing and paintings. The first one from my mother’s work and the second from a series by my father.

My mothers paintingimg_2057.jpg And my father’s drawingIMG_2956

I find it intensely engaging thinking about how pieces can move in ambient air conditions and begin to move really quite fast in a breeze or when the sun shines directly on it.

I have used a number of different materials, some found objects, some bought, some hand-made and some laser cut. All these processes have been informed by my training as a jeweller and ability to think in three dimensions. I almost never being from a drawing, I simply start making. Of course one usually has to make a decent drawing at some point but its more of a diagram or specialist kind of drawing for laser-cutting.

2 thoughts on “More Kinetic Sculptures

  1. I knew nothing about your parents work and I find this fascinating. The pieces are incredible! Sometimes I wish I had the means/space for all these amazing things that you showcase. Keep up the beautiful work! xx

  2. Oh JC that’s so kind of you! Thanks. My parents were creating some amazing work in the 70s and 80s but they didn’t really get recognition outside Wales. One of my projects is to create a website showing all their work but it will be a long job. It is becoming clearer to me by the day how much they influenced me. I feel very lucky!

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