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Externally Inwards

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My body of work is a series of fibre sculptures that explore the mind's transition as it progresses through imprisonment to freedom. By using horse hair and bones unearthed from my Granddad's farm, I create forms inspired by nature's armour that resonate ideas of metamorphosis.
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  • Externally Inwards

    is a series of constructed fibre forms that explores the physical representation of the hidden mind and explores the transition of the mind as it progresses from a state of imprisonment to freedom. My sculptures are autobiographical, and reflect my transition from childhood to adulthood. The journey starts with forms that represent the psychological armour we create for ourselves. However the armour can turn into our own prison by oppressing and subjugating our freedom and self-expression, inhibiting us from reaching our full potential. The series reflects struggle towards the potential of freedom, and change. Forms develop into the mind’s open paths wandering into the world

    As a child growing up attending a Catholic Church and school I found religious rituals comforting because they provided boundaries for behaviour. As I matured I began to question the ideals of the church. I found that they prevented me from developing my own opinion. I use the loosening of the wovens structures in my work as a correlation to the opening of the mind and the struggle to break free. As the openness extends the unlimited mind can be seen to explore beyond the body.

    Materials are a vital part of my practice. In the Externally Inwards series I use horse bones unearthed from my Granddad’s farm and horsehair. These materials are important as they relate to my childhood, where horse riding was my escape from the world. The bones represent the physical body, the vessel for the mind. The horsehair illustrates the mind within these works. There is a sizable contrast between the stark white of the bone and the formidable black hair; this highlights the difference between the mind and the body. I use basketry techniques like coiling, twining and binding to allow the progression from tight structures to looser ones. These techniques are labour intensive continuing the idea of a journey through each section holding its own obstacles. My sculptures are symbolic of both internal and external armour found in nature. Forms such as cocoons, carapace and exoskeletons are all involved in the process of metamorphosis. In metamorphosis the creature often has to struggle out of its container to survive. 

    In a world built upon belonging, an individual can be swallowed up and becomes unrecognizable from the mass. I believe that individual identity is important; creativity is one way of expressing it. Art is my tool to communicate my identity and individuality. 


  • Skull 2012
    Horse hair, horse bones, linen thread, double-sidedtape, old cotton T-shirt, pillow stuffing.
    56 x 23 x 30 cm
  • Skull detail
  • Pelvis 2012
    Horse bones, horse hair, linen thread.
    50 x 23 x 30 cm    
  • Spine 2012
    Horse bones, horse hair, linen thread, fishing line.
    105 x 30 x 15 cm    
  • Spine detail
  • Encircle 2012
    Horse hair, linen thread, wire.
    Size variable    
  • Encircle detail
  • Rings 2012
    Horse hair, linen thread, wire
    Each ring 32 x18 x 1cm Instillation size varies
  • Rings detail
  • Waterfall 2012
    Horse hair, linen thread, wire.
    Size variable
  • Waterfall detail

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