Meg was taught to sculpt by artist and puppet-maker Guy Richardson in the 1970s when she was his unofficial apprentice. Guy sadly died in 2020 at the age of 89 and is much missed. An obituary she wrote for him can be found here:
Enjoying playing around over the winter, keeping her hand in making silicone moulds of clay originals and casting in Jesmonite, Meg found herself making bass-relief tiles on her continuing theme of Swan Women.
Swan Woman tile 1.
It was very tempting to leave the tiles self-coloured to show the contours to their best advantage and avoid making them into comic strip characters, but they looked unfinished. The solution was to use several layers of thin washes of acrylic paint, combined with interference or opalescent paints.
Swan Woman tile 2.
Meg will make a run of copies of the tiles which are 6″/15 cms square and approximately .4″/1cm deep. Copies can be ordered via the contact page.
Meg submitted an idea for the Waveney & Blyth Arts Sculpture Trail earlier this year on the theme of “Between Two Worlds”, and has been accepted. An unusual three-trunked birch tree on the hillside above Potton Hall, Suffolk (the Trail venue), caught her eye and she started working on the idea of the three goddesses of pre-Christian northern Europe. (read more here)
Sketch of stone carving in Bath Museum.
Variously known in the Atlantic Isles as the Norns, the Weird Sisters, or the Morrigan, they are fertility goddesses, depicting three stages of a woman’s life; the Crone (Macha), the Mother (Babh), and the Maiden (Ana). They are often shown carrying babies, sheaves of wheat or horns of plenty,
Three-trunked birch tree at Potton Hall.
The birch tree was also revered as one of the eight chieftain trees. Meg decided to combine the idea of three goddesses with her theme of tree spirits – between two worlds of human and spirit, earth and sky, linked by the tree. She will create three masks, using birch bark and other materials, to place on the three trunks.
The Trail will run from May 27th to June 26th 2022. More details to come.
Meg’s work has been accepted for the trail at Raveningham this year, which will run from
Sat 30th July – Sun 4th September.
The subject of the trail is Journey, and she’s making a series of small pieces, some in the form of bass-relief tiles, illustrating the classical story of Psyche and Cupid. This will be inspired by, but different from, her film “Psyche! Open the Box!” (read more)
The site for the installation will be the branches of an ancient wisteria against a wall, with linked pieces following Psyche’s journey. Original music from the film composed and recorded by Jane Wells will add to the atmosphere of the piece.