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Portfolio: Contain, consume, convey, control.

Works entitled, 'contain, consume, convey, control,' are part of a series of works, both large and small, that set up a tension between curvilinear forms, manmade materials and the language of construction.

The pod, vessel-like forms are initially 'drawn' freely with steel rods then harnessed, held and skinned. The process of fabrication, in which somewhat unyielding matter is bent and contained, and the particular materials used (reconstructed wood and shiny metals), are essential to their intended, if ambiguous, nature.

They may evoke notions of fertility, utility and transition and may echo both the crop and the means of consumption. Whilst crafted, urban, elegant, they nevertheless incorporate a hint of danger in their scale and spiked interiors.