Sunday, 24 April 2011

Mai Thomas- Sustainable, natural constructions.

Yesterday I went to see an exhibition of work by Welsh artist Mai Thomas. She is strongly influenced by the sculptural and textural qualities of the natural world and has recently embarked on a body of work using natural materials such as sheep's fleece and willow to make dramatic 3-D forms. She has recently decided to concentrate on making her work and materials sustainable and to develop new techniques of growing her own materials.

The simplicity of her chosen materials have allowed her to concentrate and focus on forms which successfully reflect her theme. I particularly like the woven circles below. With their subtle colours and delicate, precise positioning one has to look twice to realize they are in fact made from rough bark and found twigs etc.

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