Inner space in sculpture

Inner space in sculpture; the use of inclusions in transparent and semi-transparent materials particularly glass (since 1997).

I would like to express in my sculptures or installations more than physical properties of the investigated objects but also internal life of the objects as thoughts, emotion or memories. However even if we have immediate access to a story or a person, it is not always possible to understand the story as it is experienced by the participants or the person as she or he understands themselves. This is the case even if the people concerned are our parents. Furthermore in some cases even we are not able to understand our memories. To be able to spread over these kinds of information the subject of my research is an investigation into the possibilities of creating an additional space in sculpture using reflective, transparent and semi-transparent materials (e.g. semitransparent concrete). In particular, the research concentrates on the utilisation of space (e.g. inside a sculpture) which becomes visible to a viewer through the use of transparent and semi-transparent materials and through optical phenomena obtained using reflective materials.

Additionally I investigate the possibilities of immersing further applications in the sculpture (objects, photography, prints, animation, film, holography, optical effects, lights, etc.) in order to obtain new effects and to encourage reflection on the space occupied by a sculpture. If an object is opaque the only part that we can see is the boundary between the occupied and unoccupied space by object. In this case the object defines a shape in space by delimiting it. Sculpture is a mask behind which we assume space hides, but we are not able to see further in. Space is an important part of form and it is the space we need to see.

For more details please see my PhD thesis “Inner Space in Sculpture; the use of metal inclusions” (http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/8738/ )