Flotsam and Jetsam
My project focuses on the first memories of my childhood, where finding Flotsam and Jetsam at a beach became an exploration of simplistic joy. I was taught at an early age the ‘right time’ to hunt for carnelians and how to catch their glint on the foreshore. Each sculpture is made from different materials such as: drift wood, brick, sea-glass and carnelian’s, all of which I found as a child and have treasured for many years. Each sculpture is inspired by my memories of excitement and curiosity.
When two stones are forced together by ocean currents, a small hard stone can get caught in an indentation of a softer and larger one. As these are pressed and ground against each other, the smaller stone wears through the other, leaving behind a naturally occurring hole. When held up to the eye the stone gives a more intimate view of the sea scape and takes away distractions from the eye.
This sculpture draws on memories of waking up early to take my great uncles rowboat along the Salthouse coast. The sea-glass sailboat is a statement of simplistic childish imagination, representing the joy found in idle objects.
My original project was a series of 4 sculptures made of steel, bronze, chalk and resin. Due to the Coronavirus lockdown all of these ideas had to be rethought and dramatically changed. My experience with the virus was challenging, however the work I produced allowed me to take time to reflect on a simpler, happier time in my life. In the end my project not only focused on memories but also allowed me a sense of calm in a strange and troubling environment.