Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Wood and Concrete..the Axe and the Chainsaw...

Whilst I work on completing some new paintings and at the conclusion of the excellent BBC Four Sculpture season, I thought that this week I would feature two wonderful Sculptors whose work is created using source materials that are as diverse as one can find.

Some years ago I discovered the work of Serge Bottagisio in a publication of the World of Interiors. Working with his partner Agnes Decoux the pieces they create are large cast concrete shapes that are primarily used as sculptured planters and water features however some are just excellent garden sculpture.

Using cast concrete with coloring in the mix, the surfaces of the pieces are then worked and carved by the use of an axe as a primary tool.

I will let the images below and their website do the talking however I hope you agree that their work is magnificent.

The second of the two Sculptors is David Nash whose work over the past 40 years has been simply sublime. Nash's sculptures, made from unseasoned wood, alter after his intervention, cracking and twisting as they dry. In harnessing not only the element of air, but also fire and water, Nash changes the form and surface of his sculptures by the frequent use of charring the surface.

He not only carves wood, largely from fallen trees, with chain and milling saws - skills that he has perfected over the years - but he also creates sculptures from growing plants, cutting and training them into domes or ladders.

I would leave it to the excellent BBC Documentary available on BBC i player to truly introduce you to an outstanding creative individual and their work.

For David Nash click below

For Serge Bottagisio click below

1 comment:

  1. The technique in the Bottagisio works is stunning. Very inspiring, I Have a number of sculpture maquettes that would really work with this technique. I am intrigued by working concrete with an axe. Is the concrete set, part set ?? Off to find out now.... Tim Evans