Ilkley Art Trail 2019, June 28th, 29th, 30th

My mobiles for this exhibition explore a specific space on Ilkley Moor and the dry-stone walls which surround it. These walls delineate the landscape and exist as barriers between spaces but also as places of shelter for plants, insects and animals. In making these works I am researching how walls are made, how their lines are formed, how they intersect and how these walls, like mobiles, have balance at their core. I have written a series of poems to accompany the works which explore how words built into a poem are like stones fixed into a wall. The wooden elements suspended within our mobiles fit together in the same way as words in a poem and stones in a wall, forming a structure in which each part is integral to the balance of the work and in which the collective whole has a grace and energy greater than the sum of its parts. I am exploring the use of natural objects within the sculptural work and have found the shapes for individual pieces from drawings of grasses, birds, stones and ferns.