Her sculptures are primarily carved in stone, but also works in bronze, terracotta and silver. Her drawings are also part of her artistic language. She has been interviewed twice on BBC’s “Women’s Hour”. Once regarding her poignant and monumental sculpture commissioned by Nicola Horlick and also as a result of having three carvings exhibited together at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. She was presented to the Queen in 1993 at the opening of the international sculpture exhibition at Chelsea Harbour. London
She has had exhibitions in the UK and Japan and her sculptures and drawings are in private collections in the UK, Europe, Japan, the United States, Australia and Canada.
As a sculptor, I explore the interdependency and fragility of human relationships and how these fit into the world around us. I express my own experiences – my personal and emotional CV – but the underlying feelings are universal. These are realised in my work. “The Warrior Dreams” and ‘Letting Go” series both resonate with the transient nature of bringing up a child to adulthood and then having to let go. Other sculptures deal with relationships and experieces through life, for example ‘My Sister..Myself”, “My Mother Myself…My Daughter Myself” and “Boxed In”
As a twin I have never been alone and the double images and faces in my sculpture reflect this special duality. Touch is that special connection in a relationship and therefore hands are also very important in my work. They express a multitude of emotions. They can be tender and loving but also angry and unforgiving.
I am totally drawn to stone. There is a physicality and sensuality to working in stone. Most of the time I carve directly, retaining the freshness and spontaneity that only direct carving can bring. Other times I draw an image straight onto the stone. I then carve it, change it, enjoying the fluidity and spirit of the stone and eventually bring the sculpture to fruition.
Although I work predominantly in stone I also enjoy the differences that come from making a sculpture in bronze. Initially moulding, kneading and adding clay or pushing plaster to build up a sculpture adds another dimension to my sculptural language. The way the light bounces off the finished bronze creates a very different mood to stone. The various colours of patinas add further to this difference.
I think that making sculpture is like a microcosm of life with all its struggles, hard work and joy, yet the satisfaction and pleasure is worth everything.