Billie Bond is a figurative sculptor who explores the human form through social and cultural identity, capturing a sensitivity that relates closely to her own experiences of life.
As a mother, aspects in the changes of motherhood stimulate her strong feelings of concerns in an ageing population of first-time mothers.
Billie continues to experiment with materials and processes to achieve highly crafted objects of aesthetic beauty.
Slab built, hollow cCnstruction. High Ceramic Stoneware Firing, a Contemporary Take on Pregnant Motherhood Ancient Egyptian Sculpture Combined with Modern Technology and Interpretation on the Ancient Theme of an Outside Outdoor Garden Statue or Sculpture. This Allegorical Statue is Made with Billie`s own unique method of Stirling Silver Inlay. The side panels are set with over 1400 3mm ceramic glazed tiles, painstakingly arranged to be an interactive QR code. The code can be scanned via the viwer`s mobile phone to connect them to an internet page that explains the sculpture`s being.
This work is the result of questioning today?s decline of young planned motherhood. It is one half of a pair of sculptures, priced individually.
Princess Tootee sits with quiet Egyptian-like authority as befits a deity worthy of worship. However, using the notion of ancient artifacts as a vehicle to consider the decay of maternity and motherhood parallels Princess Tootee with that of a forgotten civilization.
Synthesizing the latest digital communication technology within the traditional craft of mosaics brings this work into the contemporary world. Deciphering the QR code with a mobile phone invites the viewer to be part of the creative process and is a step forward in changing the attitudes towards motherhood.
69 x 23 x 42 cm (height x width x depth)
approx: 2 ft 3 1/6 in x 9 in x 1 ft 4 1/2 in It is a maquette sculpture It is a statuette sculpture It is a one half lifesize sculpture(0.5)
"The problem of contemporary sculpture and the garden is one which has rankled in my mind for years. It is usually resolved through a process of inversion-that is turning it into sculpture in the garden as against garden sculpture. By that I mean the sculptor takes over the garden as an open exhibition gallery, of which the focus is their creation, to which the world of nature merely provides the frame.The Idea that sculpture is a contributory element to an overall'mise en scene',in which, sometimes its role may be incedental rather than central, has been lost.In this we have seen the betrayall of the great tradition of garden sculpture, one which was unashamed at being decorative or delightful." Sir Roy Strong
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Dr Antonia Regojo, United Kingdom.