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Ideas must be put to the test. That's why we make things, otherwise they would be no more than ideas. There is often a huge difference between an idea and its realisation. I've had what I thought were great ideas that just didn't work.
I'm cautious about using fire. It can become theatrical. I am interested in the heat, not the flames.
I soon realised that what had happened on a small scale cannot necessarily be repeated on a larger scale. The stones were so big that the amount of heat required was prohibitively expensive and wasteful.
I have worked with this red all over the world - in Japan, California, France, Britain, Australia - a vein running round the earth. It has taught me about the flow, energy and life that connects one place with another.
I have walked around the same streets so many times, and then seen a place that had been hidden to me. I now know the sites in a way that makes me think I could have made better use of the connections between place and snowball.
I enjoy working in a quiet and subversive way.
I did tests on small stones before collecting and committing myself to the larger ones.
I am not a performer but occasionally I deliberately work in a public context. Some sculptures need the movement of people around them to work.
Fire is the origin of stone.By working the stone with heat, I am returning it to its source.
Even in winter an isolated patch of snow has a special quality.
Confrontation is something that I accept as part of the project though not its purpose.
As with all my work, whether it's a leaf on a rock or ice on a rock, I'm trying to get beneath the surface appearance of things. Working the surface of a stone is an attempt to understand the internal energy of the stone.
Abandoning the project was incredibly stressful after having gone through the process of building the room, installing the kiln, collecting the stones, sitting with the kiln day and night as it came to temperature, experiencing the failures.
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