Alexandra Harley

I use a variety of different materials -mostly wood, but also stone, clay, and paper- to explore the concept of movement and animation in non kinetic sculpture. 

The natural components of the materials inform the constructed sculptures. I create abstract wood and stone sculptures which are lively and robust carved constructions with a rich variety of textures.  These sculptures deliberately convey a sense of movement, animation, imbalance and unease without themselves being kinetic.  For many years I have been investigating the idea of movement based particularly, but not exclusively on the moving figure. I try to encapsulate a combination of movements rather than just a static pose, stretching, twisting, pushing and pulling and this concern is redefined in the wood. Looking beneath the skin, I am particularly concerned with the internal structure and exposing the underlying combinations and counter active balances of movements rather than re-creating the outer surface or skin which masks the tensions and stresses contained within. I do not use the whole figure, but often just a small area, so while the final sculpture is not intended in any way to resemble the human form, it contains within it the symbolism of action.

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Cene by Alexandra Harley

Untitled by Alexandra Harley