The theme of balance in land art intrigues me. I make forms that seem as if they may topple, but then they stay suspended, defying the usual tumble and collapse laws of gravity.
In 2007 I held my first exhibition in Chester Cathedral. My sculptures sought to be an honest portrayal of my vulnerability, fragility and faith. It was a tough exhibition to do but one that felt like a turning point in my life and it was as if I grew a few feet spiritually through doing it!
Here are some of my most recent sculptures from the summer of 2016. Each one is available as a print or a print on canvas.
So what’s with the fascination of balancing stones? It’s all about a mystery that hard situations in life have the ability to shape our characters. There have been times in my life when I have felt like I could topple over, fall, crumble or just give in. Paradoxically I have had a rock like faith and know that Jesus doesn’t let go of me and has always been there to help me.
James, in the bible, writes: ‘consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. (James 1.2)
I laughed out loud when I built this sculpture. It really is a mystery how the round stones managed to balance and not simply roll off each other and topple off. I love it how, I believe, God gives me joy in the very simple things in life like balancing round rocks!