I have been working on a new piece for the last six weeks or so.It has been a bit slow to get off the ground, but now it’s starting to take off and I am (engaged) This is the most enjoyable part of the sculptural process.
How it works for me is that I start with an idea, just a vaugue possibility really. This stays in the head for a while until it bubbles over into the material world and I start making. This can be quite exciting but the euphoria soon fades as the technical difficulties arise and the compromises begin, leading to a period of struggle and doubt which can go on for some time.
But eventually ( and this is where I am now ) doubt and uncerttancy seem to evaporate and a new possibility seems within reach.This often unleashes a burst of energy which can bring the work to its conclusion.
Then, inevitably, there comes the realisation that it’s not quite what I had hoped it would be and that the promised land is still just out of reach.
But by then, hopefully, the next cycle has begun.