Annie Higgins (L4)BA (Hons) Artist Blacksmithing
Life Drawing forms the visual foundation of my portfolio and I am always searching for techniques through which to explore and expand on the human body, in particular ways to depict its singular presence of weight and motion. In this project, I was inspired by narratives of transformation, including that expressed in the work of Angela Carter, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and Bauhaus lectures by Oskar Schlemmar. Amongst these influences, I discovered the common metaphor of a universal malleable state of matter that could flow and transform smoothly between landscape, mineral, plant matter, and various forms of flesh as easily as breathing. I found that this fit well conceptually with the pliable nature of hot, forged steel and I have begun to develop work forming fluid planes and eddies of motion in the surface of the material and structure of the sculpture. The accompanying images show design macquettes in model-maker’s foam carved with hot wire. They display shapes based on the forms I have explored in forged experiments and samples and I hope to continue this avenue of exploration in the future to produce a series of fully forged sculptures based on these concepts.