Gwenda draws her inspiration from fairytales, folklore and fables; in particular, the moralistic aspects of these stories, their symbolism, and the animal characters. The animals are life sized in order to encourage the anthrozoological human-animal relationship that has existed universally for thousands of years. Although perhaps cuddly, comic and appealing in their tactility, when the viewer investigates further, one will find a more sinister theme evolves. The animals all share some form of negative emotional portrayal in their posture and...
"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
Although it seemed a daunting project to commission a sculpture on the internet with a tight deadline, Plamen Dimitrov in Bulgaria made it as easy as possible for me in Brazil by producing a series of little clay sketches after each email and sending photos it seemed by return. He worked round the clock and was incredibly intuitive with his understanding of what I wanted. This was despite an 8 hour time difference and having poor English as our common language. He w... [Read more]
Ilan Gorin, Ipanema, Brazil.