By Appointment only :
I work from our home which I share with my husband, Colin Bargen and our beautiful son Tom. We are fortunate to be living in this incredible environment in Nottingham Road, which is in the heart of the midlands, surrounded by family, animals and vast amounts of space – much to the envy of the “city-slicker”.
Karl Blossfeldt’s (1865 – 1932) photography has been an endless source of wonder to me. The “seed was planted” when Neville Trickett presented Blossfeldt’ book of botanical photographs to me to see what I could do with it. The black & white photographs of flowers, buds and seed capsules leant themselves to the white clay that I had been working with.
I draw inspiration from Blossfeldt’s juxtaposition of symmetry & abstraction, simplicity & complexity, interpreting the imagery into monumental monochromatic forms which I hope have a timeless & universal appeal. It’s a constant challenge to manipulate the weightiness & elasticity of clay into the twisting delicate shapes of the botanical world. I am constantly excited by the infinite possibilities & ideas to be found in nature……… I spend a lot of time in our garden!