Flying Father of Hirsute FamilyFibonacci to Church
Knot 7/5 - CopperKnot 7/5 Aluminium
Photos Philip Hardman
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'Super Mega Well Done'
'Really Inventive - Venice Bienalle next!'
'Kate Davis (Royal College of Art) A great surprise and inventive enquiries.'
'David Moore (Edinburgh College of Art) Very Spirited and enjoyable work and executed well.'
'Entertaining, amusing, stimulating in a wonderful space. Thank you artists.'
'Excellent show - top curator Keith Bowler!'
'What a wonderful exhibition to stumble across. Wonderful.'
'The coolest exhibition I have ever seen! Definitely recommend it! I would sleep here if I could! Great work, amazing work! Thanks, hope to see more!'
'Loved the space; Excellent variety of work. The spinning "ghosts' were especially un-nerving in this space!'
'Great exhibition, love it.'
'Very interesting . I was moved!'
A series of my sculptures are based on mathematical knot theory. In mathematics a knot is just like a normal knot except that the two ends are tied together creating a complete loop. Without undoing the ends it is possible to slide the rope around creating quite different shapes. Although the shapes are visually quite different mathematically there are considered to be identical. Knot theory catalogues the different mathematical knots by the number of times the rope crosses itself. There happen to be seven different mathematical knots with seven crossing points and they are catalogued as 7.1 to 7.7.
I chose 7.5 as the starting point for the two different sculptures pictured above.
The copper piping comes in large coils; with careful hand-manipulation I was able to take advantage of the curve to make a continuous smooth knot.
The aluminium strips provided a different set of constructional challenges. The use of struts to create rigidity gave me a great deal of control over the actual shape but also added to the complexity.
I hope that the viewer will be attracted by the aesthetics of each piece but also intrigued by the underlying mathematics.
In my work I use various materials such as metal frames, strings, loose fabrics, plaster, latex, wires and rubber paint. I experiment with ceramics, photography and collage among other media and also search for new uses for found objects.
I admire nature but I am also fascinated by complex cities like London and take inspiration from this amazing multicultural organism. I observe the world surrounding me. I search for inspiration in every moment of my life.
I observe people. I am fascinated by the human body's flexibility. Its ability to stretch. I admire its beauty. I allow myself to use it as an inspiration but I never dare to copy its perfection. Sometimes I aim for previously imagined visual effect, but very often I make my art for the sake of making. I think that the language of art is a fantastic medium to communicate especially in a multicultural environment.