Found Object Sculptures

The real delight is the sudden seeing of what is there

When working with found objects the real delight for me is that first sudden seeing. A feeling or character or emotion, completely unexpected, is suddenly revealed. A real ‘AHA’ moment. There’s no thinking in it. Sometimes it can take years for me to see what is under my nose.. Then I like to use as light a touch as possible, and so keep any intention or idea of mine well away from the final piece.

People see things differently, and mine is not the only way. I’ve learned that titles can be useful to indicate what I have seen but they are in no way intended to be restrictive.

Niche Paradou collection

This beautiful dicovery was made when I stayed in a lovely old mas in the Bouche du Rhone. The wall leading up to the house had empty niches carved in it and I filled them over the years with a variety of sculptures created out of most random objects. Every niche had now a story to tell.

Niches Paradou

For many years would spend a few weeks staying in a lovely old mas in the Bouche du Rhone. Set into the wall leading up to the house were several empty niches just longing to be filled. Each year I would use whatever materials I could find to create a variety of sculptures for these niches to make a nice welcome.


Many of these drawings were made following the methods passed on from Cecil Collins, for instance using multiple instruments at the same time, and or both hands, maybe not looking or holding a quill pen from the tip of the feather. There was always a model. Control in the normal sense became increasingly difficult, until, if you were lucky, you gave up the idea of control altogether. It’s one of the best lessons I ever learned. Sound scary? Have a go. It’s only a drawing. There will be plenty more.