In this next series of sculpture I used more rounded and organic forms to assist the production process and to make the work easier to cast and replicate. I was interested in creating affinities between the body and other objects that acted as surrogates such as mannequins, robots, clothing; and armour etc. This relationship hinted at the way individuality assimilates an identity by various strategies of disguise and conformity. When shown as a group as in these illustrations the posturing, but headless torsos with gesturing arms invite communication, even though they remain mute to each other. These ‘empty gestures’ are a humorous parody of the ways we use our bodies to signal and display to each other in our desire to communicate and assert an identity.
Trying To Get Ahead - Sited on a Trout Farm, Penrith, Cumbria 6 sculptures. All Plaster, (each approx:700mm x 1000mm x 450mm)
Detail of 2 sculptures on the Trout Farm
Trying To Get Ahead - Sited at Hutton-in -the Forest Stately Home, Cumbria
Detail of sculpture
Trying To Get Ahead - Sited on a garden patio, Sockbridge Mill, Cumbria