My expressionist sculptures are a mixture of abstract painting and form, exploring themes of ageing.
Created from selected pieces of wood in differing stages of decomposition, I reshape and paint them in sympathy with the piece, retaining much of the naturally formed elements of shape and colour that have been earned over many years, and I adorn them with resin, that is also shaped. They are works of many layers, combining solidity and fragility, gleaming pieces that take on different hues with different lights – natural, interior and also black light. They can take on an appearance similar to ceramics and glass. Each piece starts with a vague plan but is developed intuitively.
The decaying wood is no longer discarded but arrested at a moment in time, with enhancements of those features that portray a life lived, showing how they still have beauty and worth.
The glossy finish and inclusion of some metallic paints, allow each piece to provide new interest with changing light. They benefit from being placed in positions with good and changing light.
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Sculptures are in process of being placed with Saatchi Art online, at https://www.saatchiart.com/sbboursot, where access is given to experienced art transporters.
Knowing My Plaice? – A multi-layered tactile sculpture, on a reclaimed wood base and acrylic rod. It has a lot of resin work and is in hues of blue and gold. Size of sculpture along at longest points is 24cm long, 12cm high, 19cm width.
Mask- more figurative than my other sculptures, it is based on ancient and more modern theatrical masks and still retains an abstract style. The two sides of the mask show the light and the dark and the handmade base has a mix of the two.
Pure – This piece has more pure lines and shades of white and light blue, with a more functional aspect to it. This piece is 24cm L x 8cm D at longest points. Weight 150g.
The Insect Series
The insect series include hand made boring insects, butterflies or moths (with luminescent wings), and the openings in the sculptures allowing the inner light to be seen…and also the bugs eating away at us. Some pieces take on an aspect of treasure or creature from the deep sea.
Hollowed Out – This has blues, greens, purples and golds. Two insects inside – one a moth that glows and a boring insect. Splash-like flourishes on the side of transparent and coloured resin. 33cm x 15cm, 655g.
Tattoo: a tall piece with blues, greens, purples, golds, a glowing moth and boring insect inside with transparent gold and blue frills around the stop , with “tattoos” of sentiments ‘love’, ‘freedom’, and other classic tattoo designs of hearts, stars and flowers. 53cm x 11.5cm, 1.35kg
Worms: a small piece, accentuating the natural worm lines on one side, adding handmade worms, the other side has reds and golds on the bark area and carbon colours on the wood part, engraved with the words “The worms will always get you”. It is intended as a humorous reflection on the cycle of life. 26cm long, 8cm wide, 4.5cm depth, 260g.
Inside I’m Still 21: tall work with the self-explanatory “Inside I’m still 21, but I wear my age with pride,” engraved over different areas. It has deep blues, turquoises and silvers, with a butterfly and boring insect inside, and clear and gold among the upper spread out sections. Size at largest points: 53cm high x 15cm depth. Weight c. 3kg
Crustacean: a work that has taken on a form that resembles a crustacean. It has deep reds, golds and carbon colours, with a glowing moth. Length 25cm x height 9.5cm, 9cm width, 300g.
Working My Way Down: a long, low sculpture. It has mossy blues, golds, browns and olive hues on the outside and golds on the inside. Mounted on a waxed, reclaimed wood base engraved with artist initials and “Working My Way Down”. There is a butterfly and 2 predatory insects inside, eating their way down to the solid wood end. Base 73cm x 20xm, sculpture approx 58cm x 7cm. Total H 27cm, 1.5kg.