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"Dance of Time" series

There are several sculptures in the ' Dance of Time' series of work.  Some are carved from marble and others are variations of two original plaster sculptures with a surface using the ancient eastern craft of eggshell lacquer.   They all deal with the complex notion of Space and Time. The sculptures are derived from images of nebulas seen by the Hubble Space telescope.  The twisting, turning anthropomorphic forms are my perceptions of what happened to the swirling masses of gas that evolved and coalesced after the initial "Big Bang". These nebulas appear to be moving in a spiralling, flowing dance, choreographed to the music of time. 


I expanded the notion of swirling nebula shapes, imagining the whole Cosmos itself assuming some human-like form.  This was the basis for the work, 'Dance to the Music of Time'   Perhaps it can be seen is an embodiment of a God consisting of the whole evolving cosmos. The marble used in  'Dance to the Music of Time' has small blue-grey inclusions that suggest galaxies swirling about within the constraints of the form.           


There are two basic versions of the cast plaster "Angels of Time" sub series, one larger than the other.  Moulds were made of the orgional clay forms and then a limited number were cast in plaster.  The rough gypsum plaster plugs emerging from the moulds are then individually carved into slightly different versions of the original shape. So while all of the sculptures are similar, none are the same, let alone identical.  They are not editions but variations on a theme.          


Once the work has been carved the ancient Oriental craft of eggshell lacquer is used to create the surface.  The shells of hens eggs are broken, treated and then applied to the surface of the plaster.  After this process has been completed, the eggshell is covered with many layers of tinted shellac and sanded back after each layer until there is a depth of colour on the surface.  Once the desired effect is achieved, the surface is then sealed with a clear lacquer.  The final effect is of complex and richly textured brocade, not unlike the spectrum of coloured images transmitted to us by Hubble.