ALL CREATURES: WORKS FROM NATURAL HISTORY COLLECTION 2009

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ANGELA VALAMANESHALL

CREATURES: WORKS FROM NATURAL HISTORY COLLECTION

2009

EXHIBITION TEXT

Anatomical studies have been used extensively by artists over the years especially as reference points for figurative sculpture and portrait painting but early anatomists also made three dimensional wax models of body parts as teaching aids and these surprisingly durable and beautiful objects have also been inspirational.

More recently the imagery in my work has included enlargements of microscopic organisms. The work usually begins with what I think is an interesting image, sometimes developed from a drawing or photograph to a three dimensional form and scale which feels right.

Somehow the use of clay as the media for constructing these forms feels appropriate to the subject matter, something to do with it being such a common material that we are all connected to.

Angela Valamanesh