Rraff - Alexandra Harley
Artist: Alexandra Harley
Dimensions: 53 x 60 x 56 cm
Material: Wood, staples, rope
The cross section of fresh cut green wood has been ‘kerfed’ by almost but not quite, cutting through the cross section of the wood. The gaps created by the saw cuts allowed the wood to be bent into a new configuration and this has been fixed in position by stapling. Small twigs and bark have been deliberately retained to keep a fresh, raw feel. Each part has been lashed to its neighbour with rough string, maintaining and enhancing the toughness of the overall piece. There is nothing flowing or smooth in this sculpture, it presents as harsh and pressured, under considerable tension. The colour of the paint draws the forms together, creating a visual unity, with a pale wash revealing the contortions beneath.
Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize Sculpture Winner 2021