A HARE FOR ALL SEASONS
An idea from within transcended to a magnificent work standing 1.8 metres proud in bronze that purposefully adorns the garden and delights the heart.
The ability to change flowers and colours depending on season or your reason, makes the Offering a unique sculpture.
NO WORD SAID, BUT WITH A SIMPLE GESTURE INSTEAD.
AN OFFER OF MY HEART, LET’S BE ONE TOGETHER – NEVER APART.
A germ of an idea that flourished in glorious colour in my mind. A concept immediately connected to, resulted through words and emotions in the form of a poem. From that point on, everything in its creation, simply flowed with a natural energy.
Instinct played an important part of the piece. The offering of the ‘last rolo’ stands at the foot of the piece.
“If I had everything and I wished to profess my love for my partner, this gift would be top of my list.”
I N T E R V I E W
What drew you to include flowers/interactive element to the piece?
The flowers were the consequence of deciding that the piece should be offering something romantic to his loved one.
The carrot is the vessel and the flowers form the head of the carrot. The ability to change the flora content at will to suit the seasons would make the piece more interactive and interesting, maybe a little playful. It’s rare you see a sculpture that has the ability to be changed. I wanted the flowers bring life and vibrancy to the piece as it is after all, a romantic gesture.
Why have you moved on from your more textural work?
Texture and form is everything to me and is evident in all my creative works. This piece particularly lends itself to the rough and the smooth, distinguishing the human trait, to wear clothes against the natural form of the hare. I always come back to the portrayal of animals as characters that we experienced in our childhood stories.
What drew you to a hare instead of any other animal?
I believe hares hold a special place in our hearts and minds. Again, back to storytelling and childhood, we were exposed to Peter Rabbit, the White Rabbit and the March Hare. And this is just an extension of that really. If the piece was a person, it would have a completely different resonance with people. This is why most of my animals are portrayed as characters, they’re playful and touch the areas other sculptures cannot reach.
Why do you use animals to portray the message to the viewer?
As I’ve just said, animals can trigger different emotions and connections that we don’t think about until we’re confronted with them. There is of course the fantasy, the use of the imagination and the whimsical that connects me to these creatures.
Why have you chosen to add clothes to this piece?
This is a good question and endorses what I’ve been saying, we humanise animals in our storytelling and they become characters with traits we mostly like to associate with. By dressing the hare I was able to make it a male character which was central to the initial idea.
Will your next piece be influenced by the direction this one has taken?
The feedback so far has been amazing from young to old. But it’s not something I will continue to channel my creativity into. I suppose the suit could start to straitjacket my thinking and that won’t help the flow or my expression. Restriction in any form whether it be the material, process or scale can overshadow ideas and limit me.