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2014 Finalists • Broomhill National Sculpture Prize

The ten finalists

Adele Christensen

Adele Christensen

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Sculpture: Salten Skov

Sponsor: Avon Metal Fabrications

Artist Statement

Experimenting previously with abstract illusionism and liberating the fixed image, I became interested in light and its ephemeral effect on the landscape. This is an inspiration for my current practice as I try to capture this ethereal quality in my sculptural interpretation.

Avon Metal Fabrications

I used mild steel not just for its support but also for the earthy patina it acquires as it rusts, and its contrast to the fragility of the glass, with fused and painted detail reflecting the repetitive and rhythmic textures of the planted landscape. I feel it's my previous combination of skills and experience that produces the painterly textural appearance that characterises my work.

Working intuitively with materials I respond to the imagery and form derived from experiment to achieve the consistency that forms my pallet.

Biography

Graduated with BA (Hons) Glass & 3DDesign from Stourbridge 1984. Post graduation she successfully exhibited, but subsequently found work in the TV/Film and props industry and as a specialist decorator. After travel, while living in Denmark she was re-introduced to glass by the Pi@glass studio.

Based near Bath she works conceptually and to commission, and is presently studying MA ceramics/design at Bath Spa University, combining mediums and experience with a view to working cross-disciplinarily and architecturally.

Alex Glass - Public Speaks Winner 2014 & Special Commendation

Alex Glass

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Sculpture: The Gateway

Artist Statement

Seeking a way to articulate complex narratives through minimal structures is the current motivation for my work.

I want to be able to develop a language of sensuality and sexuality through the combination of colour, form and texture. In grappling with the relationship between complexity and simplicity, I aim to seduce the viewer into the emotional narrative of my work without explicit reference.

Biography

Born 1992 in London, Alexander Glass will be Graduating from the (BA Hons) Fine Art Sculpture Course at the University of Brighton in July 2014. Alexander Glass has previously studied at Central Saint Martins for his foundation diploma.

Hollie Mackenzie

Hollie Mackenzie

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Sculpture: Obscurant

Artist Statement

Mackenzie's current artistic project is a theoretical investigation into the deconstruction of Phallogocentrism; in which she proposes to link Irigaray's 'labial' language of difference to Deleuze's rhizome-thought to form a potential 'labial/rhizomatic' way of thinking in critique of the Phallogocentric traditional image of thought. In conveying this Utopian proposal through a theory of aesthetics, Mackenzie suggests could be the starting point for the emancipation of feminine ways and means of expression. By merging together an artistic practice and a philosophy of art and aesthetics, she aims to create both scholarly work and artistic encounters that convey this feminist philosophy of 'labial' art-politics in order to explore Utopian ideals and change through artistic expression.

Biography

Mackenzie graduated from University of Kent: MA Political Theory and Practices of Resistance (2013) and AUB: BA Fine Art (2012). She has recently been awarded The Winter Pride UK Arts Award 2014 and featured in The Catlin Guide 2013. Group, solo and commissioned exhibitions include: Winter Pride, CHART Gallery and Tobacco Dock; Zealous X, Oxo Tower; The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea; and Matter, Life and Resistance conference, University of Kent.

Jeff Pigott - Special Commendation

Jeff Pigott

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Sculpture: No man's land

Artist Statement

No man's land is intended as a meditation on war and conflict. The theme comes from the anniversary of the commencement of the First World War and each of the 101 cylinders represents a year up to 2014. As objects they could be seen as artillery shells stacked behind the lines, or the rigid anonymity of fallen soldiers and civilians. They are also intended to symbolise the repetitive industrial process of slaughter in the Great War and the many conflicts that have occurred since. Violence terminates lives prematurely and scars, traumatises and dehumanises those that suffer as a consequence. A sculpture carries no answers, no resolutions and acts merely as a visual statement. Over time this work will take on the colours and textures of its surroundings as it is absorbed by nature just as the remnants of numerous wars are taken back by the land.

Biography

Jeff graduated with a BA in Fine Art with Drawing from Oxford Brookes University in 2013, though he has worked as an artist for many years. He also has an HND in Community Arts from Bath College. He has exhibited paintings, photographs and sculpture in numerous group exhibitions in the UK, has work in private collections and has completed many collaborative art projects in the public realm.

Katja Larsson

Katja Larsson

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Sculpture: Rheology

Artist Statement

Arts Council Lottery supported

I wanted to take a boulder through a journey of transformations and remove from it everything solid and certain.

Brought to southern England from its home in northern Europe through molding, reconstruction and casting Rheology is an inverted object. Its solid material turned viscous, its granite grey replaced with a translucent pink alluding to product design as well as the flesh of the body. In the play between artificial and natural I want to create a disruption in our understanding of which is more real, more soft, more cold. I want to know if it is possible to turn a thing into its very other, a thing that may appear like a hyperreal mirage in the green landscape of Devon.

Biography

Born 1987 in Sweden. Graduated 2013 with a First Class BA(Hons) from Glasgow School of Art. Solo exhibitions include "Quiet & Loud" at the Vic, Glasgow and "Solid Solver" at New City Space, Glasgow. Recently exhibited in group shows at UCL Art Museum, London, and Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4's "Saatchi New Sensations" at Victoria House. Selected finalist of the Absolut Art Prize in 2013. Currently based in London.

Neil Ayling - Special Commendation

Neil Ayling

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Sculpture: Bankside

Artist Statement

As viewers we've become adept at absorbing vast amounts of visual data. Our reliance on the screen has developed into an affinity with the flat image. With my sculpture I hope to invert this phenomenon.

I use photography to capture specific vantage points of architecture. Our viewpoints have an inherent human scale, which identify with spatial interaction. I fragment and isolate these sections of architecture. I cut and fold these images; looking for ways to restore three-dimensionality, creating a new relationship with image and structure. The image becomes a tool to decide scale, form, material and surface - all of which are defined through the making process. It becomes translated into something physical, shifting the original perception of the architecture.

Biography

Lives and works in London. Graduated from Royal College of Art, MA Sculpture 2010 and Winchester School of Art, 1st Class BA (Hons) Sculpture in 2006. He has also been a studio assistant to the late Sir Anthony Caro since 2005.

Recent exhibitions include Composite Order solo show at Berloni Gallery, London 2014, Summer Mixer Joshua Liners Gallery, New York 2013. Ayling also completed a 10m tall public sculpture Vert in King's Cross, London, in 2013.

Nick Horrigan

Nick Horrigan

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Sculpture: Analogue

Artist Statement

One of the central driving forces behind Nick Horrigan's work is to enhance or develop new spaces to engage with and explore. This sculpture directly responds to its environment through the light and shade that falls on its surfaces. The changing light through the day and direct human interaction causes a shifting sense of mass and surface quality. The union of natural and synthetic materials reflects our relationships between our built and natural environments, but above all this work is a playful celebration of light and its pivotal role in our existence.

Biography

Nick Horrigan graduated from the University of Northampton in 2004 with a first-class degree in Fine Art. In 2005 he was awarded an Arts Council grant to develop new works in the UK and Australia and in 2011 was shortlisted for the First@108 Award by the Royal British Society of Sculptors. His practice is focused on sculpture and public artworks but explores as many influences as possible.

Shaun Stamp

Shaun Stamp

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Sculpture: While you slept I was alone in my own eternity

Artist Statement

Devoting my technique to flaws, contaminated beauty and social constructs, I explore and present my thoughts and feelings through the context of the object.

In my work, the formal processes of change fascinate me, and that which can produce visceral qualities, tragedy and grime.

For this project, using an exploration of Confessionalism, Philosophy and Psychology, I plan to open a dialogue between Pre-Raphaelite artist John Everett Millais' painterly scene Ophelia (1851-52) and my self reflective story on what I want from the work personally and what I would like to artistically. Illuminating the Self, adrift, between life and death; I am thinking about the playful roles between our selves and the relationships we create within in order to fill the void.

Biography

Born in 1985 Cardiff, Wales, I studied art in Somerset and Cardiff, graduating with a BA Hons in Fine Art Sculpture at Cardiff School of Art (2008). Currently based in London, I was supported by the Dutch and Welsh Arts Councils for artist in residence projects with ARE Holland, Netherlands (2010) and Yerevan Academy of Fine Arts, Armenia (2010). Previous exhibitions include South Korea, Wales, England, Belgium, Armenia and Holland.

Thomas Joynes

Thomas Joynes

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Sculpture: String Theory

Artist Statement

Following a passion for strongly form based sculpture that responds to aesthetics within nature, I maintain a work ethos that the simplest forms are often the most beautiful.

The principle of string theory represents a complete, consistent and unified description to the structure of our universe, by proposing that it is fundamentally made up of different manifestations of one basic object best described as a 'string'.

Digitally generated 3D models representing the maths behind string theory present a beautiful symmetry and aesthetic quality. 'String Theory' is an attempt by me to interpret the aesthetics of this idea, by simply connecting two halves of a circle with lines of wire, resulting in a completely symmetrical and dynamic form.

Biography

Thomas graduated Visual Studies (BA) at Norwich School of Art & Design in 2005, he currently lives and has his workshop in Norwich. Experience includes; sculptural model maker for Angela Conner, assistant to blacksmith Matt Livesey Hammond and technician at The Sculpture Park. Thomas has undertaken private, public and corporate commissions, has exhibited widely in the UK and has sold several works through Summers Place Auctions in association to Sotheby's.

Tian Zhu - Judges Winner 2014

Tian Zhu

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Sculpture: Hiccup

Sponsor: Honeyring Ltd

Artist Statement

Honeyring Ltd

I am always attempting to interrupt spectators' over-automatized life routines, to shift their attention and to rupture the field of both their behavioural and ideological habits. This is often achieved by 'making strange' - making the familiar unfamiliar or finding the unfamiliar within the familiar. Part of that motivation is derived from my observation - and also frustration - that modern life is far too explicitly described, categorised and hypnotised. Thus modern society becomes a collection of automatic behaviour patterns generated from meticulously labelled robotic individuals.

I would like my work to serve as a 'hiccup' - to interrupt and to disturb.

Biography

Tian Zhu was born in China, and moved to the UK in 2002. She graduated from the MA Sculpture course at the Royal College Of Art, and currently lives and works in London. Her work encompasses all different media, from sculpture, installation, and painting to video, sound, and performance. She has exhibited internationally at such venues as the V&A Museum. She was selected as the Emerging Sound Artist in 2009 and has received several scholarships.

 

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