During the creation of my sculpture, there are no big ideas to express. They are visual and the simplicity of shape is all-absorbing. Objects are exciting, intriguing and often tactile. Process, erosion, nature and time all have a part to play.
Inspiration is everywhere and often in the most surprising places. Sometimes from a deep sense of place in the border and landscape of Herefordshire, where I live and work, sometimes from the sea, the big sky, the clouds, objects seen while walking, or the minute markings on a road.
Every sculpture is individual and each is signed and uniquely numbered. Each has its own flaws and imperfections that are celebrated and add a profound beauty. Chance and unexpected challenges play a big part – meaning no two, purposely, are ever the same.
I also choose the names of my pieces with care and a certain ambiguity – they are not intended to be prescriptive, but to leave room for a spectator’s own interpretation and to add their own story. This means that every individual piece has its very own meaning to whoever comes across it and is completely personal.
– PHILIP HEARSEY