I have been using lead with bees wax for some time, the contrast between the two materials has always intrigued me.
Bees wax has a soft translucent quality that is so different from the dead, dense, heaviness of lead. These new pieces began when a friend showed me how to work with lead in a completely different way; pouring molten metal into water produced organic shaped pieces that appeared ‘found’ rather than made .This process has allowed me to produce small versions of the ‘Lead Meadows’ that I have been planning for some time.
During this time the war in Ukraine developed, and almost without realising it I began to make more commemorative pieces that grew and developed , emerging almost by themselves.
The bronze mice and frogs are creatures that have died in my garden which have been cast in bronze ,as were the bees. They seem represent the deaths of the innocents involved in war and ‘peace’ .
‘Safe House’ are small hut-like lead shelters containing a bronze bee or other small vulnerable creature standing on a rather unsafe structure.
'Oblation‘ 1-7 consists of seven small bunches of lead ‘flowers’ bound together on paper.
One of the Safe House pieces has been include in the Linden Hall Studio’s Winter Group Show this year