Sculptures by Natasha Houseago
PERSONAL STATEMENT: 2008
I am a professional sculptor working mainly in green wood - combining my own studio practice and exhibiting, with teaching carving and residencies here and abroad. I have been very lucky in having been encouraged through sponsorship by many different companies; each providing equipment which has greatly enhanced my working practice.
Although I have worked in other materials I am always drawn back to wood believing it to be such a magical, potent, living material. All my wood has fallen naturally, and I love that sense of giving it another life. Each piece has its own history and as I strip-off the bark there is a sense of releasing its spirit.
I begin my project by doing many loose working drawings: I then transfer these in chalk onto my solid block of work, where I begin the very physical process of carving, hacking, slashing as I go to battle with my materials! I 'block out' initially with bow saw or chain saw and then define the form using chisel and mallet, finally finishing with rasps and scrapers. For me, Constantin Brancusi's statement says it all:
'The artist should know how to dig out the being that is within matter ..and be the tool that brings out its cosmic essence.'
My work has become more figurative over the years, initially after a year studying in Cyprus where I became fascinated by ancient Cypriot figures. More recently my young daughter has become a strong influence on my work, not least, in changing a heavy daily sculpting programme into a space shaped by her brief sleeping hours! I have always had an absolute need to carve, quickly learning that it is essential to my well-being, since my carving is a way of working out and expressing my innermost fantasies, feelings and dreams about this complex and confusing world.
When I am carving I feel a connecting of the conscious and unconscious and this propels me into another state of mind. I have always had a deep fear of death and carving my sculptures is, perhaps, an attempt to evoke a form of immortality. Certainly the very physical presence of my sculptures means they become part of my family.
|Woman and Child||Faithboot||Head||No Chute|
|Sphinx||Pendulum||Equs||Ash and Oak|
|Three Forms||Girl on One Leg||Swaddled||Installation 2009|
For Commisions E-mail: Natasha at Liberation Technology