International Journal of Art & Design Education

Image - Sculpture - Site

Volume 16.2   1997



This paper is a condensed version of the talk I gave at the NSEAD Annual Course and Conference at Bretton Hall in 1996. The talk traced the development of my art practice between 1981-1996. The paper outlines four works from that period. Over the past fifteen years I have been exploring what I consider to be the awkward place that sculpture occupies between image and site - in relation to the illusion of image, sculpture's material presence can be perceived as 'reality'; in relation to the reality of site, sculpture becomes artifice. This inherent ambiguity in modern sculpture has dominated my research and has led to a series of works which explore the elusive nature of what would appear to be such a 'concrete' discipline.