"Setting Off", by Helen Martino

SKU HM 50
£200.00
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An enigmatic ceramic sculpture of a young man holding a bird, setting off into stormy seas. 27 cm wide by 15 cm high.

I make ceramic sculptures which embody a sense of narrative. Each piece explores an element of the story through a change in scale, movement, composition or colour. I am fascinated by body language within both the moving and still image. I find inspiration, for example, in the exaggerated and stylised movements expressed by actors in silent movies - but equally interesting to me is the way in which narrative is depicted within Mogul and Persian miniature paintings. Here, a still gesture, combined with often intricate and symbolic composition, captures a moment which tells both a past and a future story. My sculptures, often intimate in size, relate to this single moment where great, or small, events in people’s lives are revealed by gesture and communication. For me it is not just the form of the sculpture that matters but also its surface. Here there is the chance to build up layer on layer of texture, pattern and colour that gives each piece its individual character, mood and story. I am lucky to be a potter and still to be learning and changing and enjoying my work.


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