Will currently uses paper and colour as a starting point to form 3-dimensional sculptures which he aims to suggest a rhythmic movement. This motion is also reflected in his freestanding woodland/land art sculptures.
The materials used include plaster, coal, flint rock, foraged sticks of wood, tree branches, wire, watercolours, oil, pastels and paper, also, the study and research of materials and their dynamic interaction with one another are ongoing and essential to his practice. The concept of ‘Perceived Motion’ sculptural pieces created from static rigid components is also of interest and interweaving these materials to simulate movement.
He uses carbon-based materials such as coal, graphite, and charcoal as a starting point into his research of this element
Current influences are from the sculptor Eduardo Chillida and his writings about the three dimensions of space and also the colour palette of Rembrandt, Goya and Delacroix.
His studio practise is also researching and exploring the 'Subline' through the medium of Oil paint.
Whilst the current lockdown situation is not ideal, feeling that it has opened up a corridor of creativity that he otherwise would not have entered. Working on a much smaller scale has had the effect of expanding the possibilities for future projects and by scaling down to strip back his work to its essence, he has been able to visualise them onto a larger scale for future projects.
His work has also reflected this new way of being.
Searching for the most effective method of self-expression, Will found that striving to be in rhythm with nature and the current environment liberates his practice. To work with humble paper and foraged materials such as sticks and branches from woodland or a park brings his practice down to the very essence of his natural creativity, and also represents an aspect of the current world and times we are all living through.
His interior life is linked to the exterior new world, the most interesting part of which is an examination of what is vital, once all that is superfluous has been stripped away and discovered that he is still able to survive and thrive in this new landscape.
Feeling like a journeyman leaving home looking for locations where he can express himself has changed his practise into one that was previously studio bound to one that has now a completely new external dimension, to experiment and document with time, space, beginnings and ends.
Having limited movement in the present landscape and travelling mostly on foot or bicycle the range of his locations has been curtailed, but his imagination has not.
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