Artist Jane Hibbert offers a collection of sculptures that express the balance in nature and invite tactile exploration. View more of her work on her website.
I grew up in blissfully bleak Yorkshire, United Kingdom, which brims with extensive moors, green valleys and farms. As a child, I was inspired by artists such as Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. I spent much of my spare time exploring artworks in local galleries and museums. I graduated from Oxford Brookes University in the UK in Fine Art, and have been exploring and developing my practise over the past thirty years.
I presently get much of my inspiration from nature, with its seemingly accidentally beautiful forms and incredible diversity. Inspiration from nature combined with elements like sacred geometry underpin my work.
I follow a sketchbook and maquette process, developing multiple pieces at the same time. This helps me avoid overworking any one piece–especially stone!
My abstract sculptures are made from stone, bronze and ceramics. Stone, being slow, mindful and contemplative to work with, offers opportunity for negotiation on form, reflection and much learning. Ceramics, being the opposite, inspires me often to work quickly. In this way, it ensures that different sections of the clay dry without cracking.
Touch is a key element in all my work, the final physical feel being is of equal importance to the visual elements. I want my sculpture to appeal to the hands as well as the eyes.
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Through my observation of moving water, “Sculpture 3 ways” has become a recurrent feature of my art whereby I create a form which works in different positions. An adjustment in one view creates an adjustment in another, and so on. These works provide multiple display options in interior or exterior spaces.
Another favorite theme of mine is expressing the form and flow of water. My interest in the constantly changing shape of water and its power is a repeated theme. In Magno Fluctus [Large Wave], I created a freeze frame in time and form above the base touchpoint, as if the form were about to move and change once more.
I am also fascinated with the ripples found in water; especially the ripples created from water flowing down a hard surface or beach from a mountain water source. From the repetitive and rhythmic patterns created by water I form studies. I then echo them onto works such as Totem Polus [Totem Pole] and Turbineus [Cone Shape].
Creating two forms within one form is illustrated by Custos [Guardian]. This is an example of a work whereby I have worked with two forms to create one form which is in some sort of equilibrium.
Altare [Altar] is a work created after study and reflection on primitive art, another interest of mine, which has not only survived but we are able to relate to today. Ancient sites of worship, including stone circles, are a source of inspiration. Recently, I have been experimenting with combining stone and ceramics with water, balancing rhythmic sounds and reflective variations in form. Creating the necessary shapes to channel, speed up and slow down the flow and direction of the water has been my starting point.
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