Ann Coomber

Website: http://www.anncoomber.co.uk

Email: sculpture@anncoomber.co.uk

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A Singularity - Polyphant soapstone, 24 x 15 x 16.5h

In Search of Dreams - alabaster, 50 x 34 x 34h

Between the Earth and the Sun – Ancaster limestone, 38 x 13.5 x 21.5h (inc. plinth)

Nebula – Griffton Wood limestone, 25 x 30.8 x 20h

Adrift in an Ocean of Dreams – alabaster, 45 x 12 x 13.5h

Offering – Opal, 37.5 x 17 x 13.8h


Statement

Each day is a journey and the journey itself home – Matsuo Basho

I have a deep interest in First Nation peoples, particularly the intimate relationship they have with the natural world, reflected in their art and artefacts. Complex narratives, ideas, and personal or collective memories, are recorded and preserved in their art, often passed down through generations. Every drawing, every object, tells a story that records and directs their movement through life, landscape and time.

Taking organic or biological forms as my starting point, I gradually develop them, all the while drawing on my own direct, emotional instincts. During this creative process, I dig deep into my own stories, memories, experience and emotions, imbuing the sculpture with meaning – recording my own journey through time and space, both imagined and real. Although intensely personal to me, the sculptures retain some degree of ambiguity and mystery – they remain secrets to be unlocked.

Recently, I have also started exploring the abstracted leaf form as an empty vessel for recording a vow or promise.


Biography

After moving to Scotland, in 1995 I started a small craft business working in handmade paper, papier mache and printmaking. This continued until 2006 when I decided to retrain in sculpture and stonecarving.

I love the physicality and tactile nature of carving. After a period where I felt increasingly unfulfilled artistically, it is a joy to discover relatively late in life, a medium that really exercises and stretches my ‘creative muscles’ and allows me the freedom to express myself fully, and so personally, for the first time.

I feel that it is just the beginning of a creative journey through my life and memories.


CV

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