Wire Sculpture is as varied and diverse as the artists that work in it and no
two wire artists work in exactly the same way. A search of the internet will
show a very eclectic range of styles and techniques. Initially born out of
necessity, the Slovakian Tinkers who are credited as the instigators of wire
sculpture turned a trade in making and repairing household items into an art
form that grew into a cottage industry.
Sadly this was eventually swallowed up by the mass production methods of the
industrial revolution. Povazske Museum in Zilina, Slovakia, still houses many
ingenious items and sculptures created by the gypsies that date back 400 years.
When Alexander Calder began creating his abstract mobiles from wire in the
1930’s he revived an interest in wire work that is still growing in popularity
I have been working in wire for a number of years now and the technique that I
use is always developing and evolving. Presently I am working in two of my own
techniques; my smaller sculptures are created from single core wire that is made
by bending and twisting the wire into shape, gradually building a figure from
the inside out.
My larger work is created from wire mesh that is cut into small sections and
formed together like a jigsaw puzzle. Initially my wire work focused on the
medium itself; I was fascinated with what could be achieved from it in terms of
technique and workmanship. I feel that my work now is more about the expression
of the figure. I try to give my sculptures a personality and character and I am
always looking for ways to make a sculpture come alive.
I completed a BA in Fine Art at the University of Wales Wrexham in 2007 spending
my final year specialising in figurative sculpture. The course gave me the
opportunity to try a variety of different mediums, but I finally settled with
wire because of the strength, simplicity and endless possibilities that it held.
I like the fact that wire work is accessible to anyone and all that is needed to
get started is a pair of pliers and a reel of wire.
I take my inspiration from many great figurative artists such as Auguste Rodin,
Antony Gormley, Demetre Chiparus and Ron Mueck but my main inspiration would be
David Mach whose series of sculptures created from coat hangers showed me how,
with a little imagination, everyday items can be transformed into beautiful
works of art.
A wire sculpture will look different depending on the time of day and lighting
conditions and will make a lovely addition to the home or as a present to a
loved one. Each figure will capture your heart and is guaranteed to be a
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