I carved this pattern repeatedly on relief carvings, twenty years ago. I was interested in how the flow, running anti-clockwise, can swirl up to a point or down to a pit. I enjoy the moments of calm where the currents travel neither one way or the other. Although 'Lynaeus' has a mathematical feel I simply drew circles on the sphere getting the highs and lows to alternate as best I could. There was no clever algorithm employed. Perhaps the repetition of a simple instruction creates a sense of mathematical order. I like to feel that it is more like the order seen in the branches of a tree.
Tuesday, 7 June 2016
The sculptures are now in London and the studio bare. It is a strange feeling to sweep the floor; all the babies gone. Those ideas that have filled my mind and life, both mentally and physically for a year, are gone. I find it a curious and wonderful thing that those thoughts have been translated into marble; frozen in perpetuity and then migrated, who knows where? Am I sad to see them go? No, not really. I have noted many times that my sculptures get bought by people who love them and with whom I, perhaps inevitably, feel an empathy.