Hag Stone Tree
Bronze

Hag stone Tree came about through the vagaries of the bronze casting process, when an unintended crack in the investment allows the molten bronze to seep into it, making what is known as ‘feathering’. This can be seen as the seaweed-like form which is still attached to the ‘cup and riser’ (trunk and branch). The sculpture stands on this with the Hag Stones indicating a flow/movement in one direction as if they are being tugged by a strong sea current.

 

Fish Tree
Bronze

The seaweed in Fish Tree, in contrast, has been made by pouring wax onto a surface and building it up to make layers and different shapes. The Herring was placed into the wax seaweed, invested and then burnt out in the kiln, leaving the space for the bronze to be poured into. The different elements are melded together in the bronze, forming the final sculpture which again, stands on its ‘cup and riser’ (trunk and branch).

Both sculptures are exploring ‘under the sea’ where seaweed grows, between the deep ocean and the rocky shoreline. Despite being battered by the constant movement of the sea as it crashes onto the beach, seaweed provides very like the forests of the land, a place of shelter and a source of food for many little creatures.