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It takes between three and six hours to make each snowball, depending on snow quality. Wet snow is quick to work with but also quick to thaw, which can lead to a tense journey to the cold store.
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.
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