Gillian Drinkwater - Stone Carver
My carvings are about learning and the physical, emotional and material responses to stone. When I'm carving my whole self is focussed and responsive - drawing curves with my hands and in my head, bending to catch planes and lines, turning - these moves are reflected in some of the forms that emerge.
I work intuitively - direct carving. I love the rhythm, the sounds, the feel and the smell of the stone. For me it's a material that absorbs and releases energy. Feeling the space around the stone is essential as I work.
My first experience of stone was during my Art/Education degree. A lot of my subsequent learning and experience has been in Portland, Dorset with workshops run by the Portland Sculpture Trust. Carving in the quarry, surrounded by rock, sea, air and light is crucial to my understanding of the true nature of the material with which I work.
Selecting stone is important, as it is often the riven stone that is the starting point. I hand tool all my sculptures, just as the quarrymen did to release the monumental blocks of limestone when the quarries were in use. I am interested in the relationship between the formal, carved and informal, riven elements of the stone. Some of my more figurative pieces and experiments with letter cutting explore this connection.
Open Studios - Britannia Works - June 04
Open Studios - Britannia Works - June 05
Walthamstow Arts - Group Show, Lloyd Park.E17 - August 06
Open Studios - Bow Art Trust - June 06 - June 16
Magma Group Show - The Rag Factory, Brick Lane, London - April 2012
Group Show - As Time Goes By - part of Leytonstone Arts Trail 12-22nd July 2012
Curated show - curated by Steven Snoddy - Wandering Rocks - The Stone Space, Leytonstone - 2012
Solo show - Deep Time - Unit G Gallery, Hackney, London - October 2015