Wendy Golden’s plants become inspired woven vessels
Much of my early work was simply an exploration of the natural colors and textures available in the plants I harvested and processed. I used these materials to produce domestic scale vessels. This phase soon developed into sculptural works with an emphasis on figurative pieces.
The people I meet and the situations we all find ourselves in provide ample inspiration for the figures. Examples of this are: Working from a studio located in a former convent my thoughts often turned to the previous occupants. The series of Nuns took shape from these thoughts. Before setting off on a holiday a figure with a pull along case came into being. A series of legs came about as I pondered how much expression could be conveyed from just limbs rather than a complete body.
Traditional weaves seemed to me too rigid and formal so I developed a knot to give more flexibility and an open appearance to my sculptures. Transparency is a theme throughout much of my work. I am drawn to materials and /or techniques that allow me to express this theme. The transparency and seeming fragility belie the actual strength in my work. The fine weaves and knots give the work strength and I enjoy the dichotomy this creates. Muehlenbeckia (a very fine strong vine) is another favorite material. I have drawn attention to the ubiquitous stacking plastic chair used and discarded around the world by recreating it in Muehlenbeckia making a statement about the overuse of plastic.
For me new projects usually start with rough jottings on a large drawing pad. Lists of words and phrases relating to the envisioned project help me formulate and plan how my idea can come to fruition. The choice of material I use is integral to this initial idea. However there are times when the material dictates the end result. This is apparent in some of my work with monofilament as the material seems to naturally evoke parallels with the sea, water and glass. Monofilament has allowed my passion with transparency to blossom.
So it’s difficult to separate inspiration and materials. They come together as I endeavour to express ideas that often seem to me to just materialise from the ether. In reality inspiration develops as I endlessly think a project through before I begin making.
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