Sculpture and the making of it are never far from my thoughts. I spend as much time thinking about it as I do carving. The act of carving is, for myself, the removal of the things which do not matter to arrive at the essence of the form with no part of it non-essential. All my work is autobiographical being either a response to something I have seen or something I have done.
I intend my sculptures to combine the humour and well-balanced design of Gothic carving with the more vibrant symbols of the tribal carving from West Africa.
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After taking a degree in sculpture at Norwich art school Mary attended the City and Guilds of London art school where she studied traditional wood carving, letter carving and gilding. Since then Mary has undertaken, amongst many other projects, two residencies at Hill’s Road Sixth Form College, the carving of two way markers for Guildford Borough Council, a font cover for St. Mary’s Weston and teaching traditional woodcarving and letter carving to adults from the workshop at the bottom of her garden.
2013, 2014, 2015 Suffolk Craft Society summer shows – Aldeburgh
2011 A decade of Sculpture in the Garden – Harold Martin Botanic Garden – Leicester
2009 A Celebration of British Sculpture – Harold Martin Botanic Garden – Leicester
2008 On Show @ 108, 108, Brompton Road, London
2005 Sculpture in the Garden – RBS centenary exhibition
Member – Royal British Society of Sculptors
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