Will Spankie - Micro 2

The title of this work is Macro 2.

The ideas behind my sculptural work are often influenced by organic forms, material and the environment.  I am interested in the geometric structures, patterns, symmetry and proportion found both in nature and the unfolding of numbers in space.  Other pieces have an historical element to them, either on a personal level or as part of the commissioning process with the client.  I work predominantly in stone and wood because they are durable, lovely to carve and have their own innate beauty.  I see myself in the tradition of artist’maker, carving original pieces either to commission or for exhibition.

When considering the Bernard Noble Sculpture Foundation Award it seemed to me essential to use a material that could both blend into the medieval village of Colletta and contrast with it in a contemporary manner.  The ancient stones of Colletta that give the village its character tell the story of the region through their nature and the way that man has fashioned them over the centuries to build “the crustacean-like organic architecture”.

It is my intention that Micro 2 complements this story.  It is a tactile sculpture, smooth to the touch with an iridescent surface that results from light reflected in the pieces of feldspar contained in the rock.  The granite dates from the Permian period and comes from Larvick in southern Norway; it is also known as moonstone or Norwegian pearl granite.

The sculpture represents a micro-organism – the kind that is found in nature and is constantly evolving.  Micro-organisms are an ancient and incredibly successful life form that can both be a threat to and help sustain humans, producing around half the oxygen in our atmosphere.

It is my intention that the sculpture is ambiguous in form and message.  It has the natural symmetry of fruiting bodies that we love to touch, yet is reminiscent of a grenade with the associated threat.  In the hills of Colletta, it will be familiar in form and material and at the same time link to another more curious microscopic world.  It is both mysterious and suggestive, an organism waiting for the right conditions to release its potential; a contemporary object which is as old as the hills themselves.


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