This project was a pivotal point in my practice becoming what it is today. Having focused until then on inanimate objects I decided to tackle the human form. I wanted to make a sculpture which included contrasted mediums and would divide individual interpretation. When planning this project I considered how complex human emotion and mannerisms could be displayed within an abstract geometric structure. I was immediately drawn towards the image of an astronaut. The structure and mass of the uniform lent itself to creating complex geometry. This enabled me to create light and shadow to portray a sense of motion. The other crucial element was the bronze visor which masks the astronaut’s expression. I then considered how the stance and positioning of the arms would indicate what emotion the astronaut was experiencing and how to make this as equivocal as possible. The arms raised in a forward motion evokes two conflicting sentiments, it is for the observer to consider and reach their own conclusion. So what is it elation or terror?
'Star-man' now resides at The Gart, Callendar.
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