Poised - Natalie Watt

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Artist Statement

Natalie Watt

I have always been fascinated by the interplay of texture and form which can be created by sculpture.
In creating this piece I drew inspiration from the fluid and complex forms in the glass room at the V&A which demonstrate how movement can be created and revealed through the twisting and drawing out of what would be malleable globes of glass into more static shapes.
Making a clay maquette I was able to manipulate a solid medium as though it were molten and create a shape which although solid seems also fragile like glass and poised to fall.
In translating the shape into the medium of wood I attempted to highlight the physical process of carving by choosing to reveal the texture of my tool marks much as glass can be moulded and cast as demonstrated by the piece C7 -2010. Like glass can be highly reflective I then endeavored to contrast this with the highly polished surfaces of the internal hollows achieved by sanding to 2000 grade sandpaper creating a surface which reflects and shines to highlight the twisting movement created in the piece.

Poised - Natalie Watt

©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Lene Bødker

V&A collection reference number(s):
sculpture in glass 9715, 8267-8276, C70:1, C7-2010

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