I am a sculptor with a strong connection to fiber based craftsmanship; I find working with textiles a route to manifesting my academic, philosophical and religious investigations into physical representations of notions, such as interconnectivity, the power of unity and the strength that lies within diversity.
The process of craft is integral to the creation of my works. I see craftsmanship as a form of communication and a way to make pieces that are contemporary whilst still honouring a traditional process. I create textile spaces through the creation of sculptures in which light can flow both into and out of; creating an influx of shadows, blurred boundaries and the potential for immersion.
I am often seeking the irregular to enrich the interference patterns that occur when the sculptures are in movement. There is a genuine relationship between the tangible and the intangible in my current sculptures as they merge within darkness and their unified shadows collide and interact – a moment in which the body of the beholder and sculptures become one.
I produce literal, visual understandings of the mutual support that binds each and every thing together within our universe. My works stems from an entanglement of emotional, spiritual and material values.
My sculptures are moments of physical philosophy and I am an orchestrator of dances of interconnection.
Whilst my children were young I took part in a series of stone carving courses with Maria Moorhouse. I can’t imagine now a life without being able to carve stone. This ancient natural material inspires and drives me to discover its possibilities. The whole process is challenging and hard work but deeply fulfilling. This ancient form of expression and creativity is rhythmic and meditative, and the process full of life’s lessons.
My art has been my therapy through difficult times and an inspiration for my soul. The works of Modigliani, Rodin and Brancusi, as well as the fascinating sculptures of antiquity, Asian Buddhist art and spirituality have all had an influenced on the visions and meanings in my work.
I often incorporate natural materials into my sculpture, like crystals, fossils, gold leaf and drift wood. I enjoy carving organic shell like forms which make beautiful ornaments for the home and garden.
The current inspirations for my sculpture are found in the Japanese woodblock prints of Landscapes and of Koi carp, turtles and other sea life, new themes are emerging based on traditional Japanese art where I am experimenting with carving various types of serpentine.
My work can be purchased at various sculpture exhibitions throughout the year and I take part in the Devon Open Studio event during September. I am also happy to consider commissions.
I am a Sculptor and Artist who lives and works in The South Hams in South Devon. Working initially in clay, my sculpture is predominately figurative.
My professional life as an artist started as a full time art psychotherapist 1984-2005 in NHS children’s’ mental health services and since then continues part-time freelance.
My website can be found at http://www.anibuckland.co.uk