Portrait of Helen (2020) by Brook HobbinsPaintings in Hospitals
The desire to capture a likeness in three dimensions has existed since antiquity. It speaks directly to us across history and between cultures.
Clay for bronze is my primary sculptural medium. It has a primal simplicity that suggests transformation, genesis and decay.
There is a mystical quality to working with this apparently inert material to attempt the likeness of a living, breathing individual.
In the act of making, I imagine the moment when a woman first grabbed a handful of red earth and instinctively began to fashion some animal or human likeness.
I strive to give my work contemporary resonance and immediacy – but when the time comes to cast the clay original into bronze, I feel a kinship with earlier sculptors throughout the world whose skills produced treasures that are still with us today.