"I always strive to shape or
represent figures in their primary essence– beings in their most
primitive and denuded surroundings, symbols of their fundamental
Existential condition : Solitude, Fear and Desire.
Above all else, being, being there, being a part of and belonging
to….encouraging this primordial presence, a trace of human culture on
earth. Each figure is a trace rather than a portrait, which is why I
favour seeing my statues together – forming a community, a group of
totems – like a forest…
To make, to create, is for me an ongoing process, a flowing river. I
wish to communicate a joie de vivre, a creative joy. Even though this
joie de vivre is, by definition, transitory and ephemeral, Art should
be able to freeze frame this joy as an everlasting moment. I can say
that I would hope my statues reflect an ecstasy transformed into the
It is always for me a magical
moment : the fusion of two materials – earth and fire. I might say that
I uncover each new creature as it emerges from the ashes of the oven.
There is a kind of culinary parallel , placing in the oven and watching
the evolution of the colours through natural chemical processes... this
is my passion, my personal art, which gives me life, and, to my mind,
firing in the oven is one of Man’s most vital activities.
This most traditional
approach of hand-moulding is at the very heart of my work. I do not
mean by that, that I attempt to copy traditional statues or follow what
might be called ‘tribal’ styles ; I feel rather that I re-invent
‘archetypes’ from a ‘primitive art’ pool, which you could call ‘totems’.
I shape the material using
methods evolved through experimentation, memory and an ill-defined
nostalgia for my love of a continent I left many years ago – African
soil….though my work is not uniquely African in inspiration. On closer
inspection you can identify elements of Ancient Greek (Mycenaean) Art,
prehistoric Venuses and Oriental Art. "