Meg has been working for the past 6 weeks on three new pieces for the Raveningham Sculpture Trail, which opens on Sat 31st August, inspired by the idea of Shelter. Following her own themes of Swan Women and coercion, she thought about how a nest shelters but can be a trap, and about the very fragile shelter of an egg. (read more here)
The new pieces refer to the classical myth of Leda and her children. Raped by the god Zeus in the shape of a swan, Leda gives birth to two eggs and has to hide them and keep them safe from their father.
They hatch out into the twins – the goddess Artemis/Diana who presides over night/the moon and the god Apollo, who presides over day/the sun.
Placed in the garden at Raveningham, tucked safely under a hedge, the twins lie sleeping in their egg-shells. Near them, a new manifestation of Infant/Soul – Hatching, has broken out of her own egg and grown wings to fly into a new life.
Originally made in clay…
….moulded with silicone, and cast in Jesmonite.
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Tim 15ft up a ladder on a freezing January day at Wolsey Bridge, Suffolk. (Yes the ladder’s tied on and someone’s standing at the foot.)
The Spirit in position on his walnut tree, where he brings a daily smile to his neighbours in the eco-house, especially when it’s raining and a drip collects on the end of his nose.
The Infant/Soul sculpture I made for the Raveningham Sculpture Trail was bought on the last day of the trail. I was contacted later by visitor to the trail who wondered if there were a copy available, as he wanted to buy it for his wife for Christmas. (read more here) There were a few problems. I was worried the original buyer might not like me to make a copy, but she was happy as she knew I would paint it differently so it would not look the same as hers. The mould had nearly collapsed in the casting. It had been very hot in July when I made it, the silicone ran thin and was slow to set, but I managed to renovate it with silicon sealant and replace the collapsed plaster jacket. I made two casts, which both ended up different from the original as the mould had changed shape.
Infant Soul 3 was finished and delivered in time for Christmas and my client said,
“I gave (my wife) the infant/soul sculpture yesterday and she was quite overwhelmed. I knew she would like it but that is an understatement, as she was truly thrilled to be able to hold it and keep it for her own. (She) worked for most of her nursing career with neo-natal infants, often premature and tiny, and since she retired 8 years ago she has occasionally expressed a desire for some kind of artwork to remind her of her role in caring for them. So, a wonderful piece of art in a place where it will be appreciated for years to come…”