These are my new sculptures, titled Scorch series, for my upcoming solo exhibition opening at galleryeight on Friday night. I've had cast magnolia twigs in bronze using a one-off direct casting method (so they are unique pieces not editions) then bound them with twine and suspended pieces of charcoal.
|Kath Fries, Scorch series, 2012, bronze, twine and charcoal, dimensions variable|
Scorch explores the idea of trace, in that each artwork is a remnant of the creative process but the actual moment of action has past. These bronze twigs are balanced precariously, simultaneously fragile and resilient. Like a pause in time between the fiery furnace that formed them and a future moment of unravelling, succumbing to gravity.
|Kath Fries, Scorch ii, 2012, bronze and twine, 24x28x5cm|
|Kath Fries, Scorch series, 2012, bronze, twine and charcoal|
The transience of existence and fragility of life are recurring themes throughout my practice. I use natural materials like twigs and charcoal to form a poetic commentary on our human relationships with nature and our personal struggles to accept that which is natural. In Scorch my use of cast bronze branches is a reflection on our human efforts to render permanent that which is impermanent.