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Ali Hutchison

Recently exhibiting  Bronze Sculptures at RHS Tatton Park Flower Show 2017  Thanks to those who came and said Hello at stand TP316.  It was great to see friendly faces known and new. Especially loved meeting all the lovely Maths teachers!

Created in collaboration with Scartworks Foundry in Ormskirk, Lancs, these triangular-cross-sectioned mobius sculptures are an infinity loop.  Each has  only one plane and a single edge and for the artist they represent the three-in-one of The Holy Trinity.  Everlasting Love and La Danse Eternelle are no longer available but Endless Praise (on a self-standing base of oak, seen here on the left and suitable for internal or outdoor installation) is still for sale, please enquire.  The artist is open to commissions for similar work, both for indoor and external installation – contact details below

 

About – Artist’s Statement

Birthing new creation usually demands hard labour.  In Hutchison’s practice the studio becomes a prayer cell, a reverential place of prostrate adoration, whispered intimacies.  Yet it is also a painful struggle, to align faith’s paradoxes against the contexts of a broken world and confusing, contemporary church.  Working primarily in ecclesiastical settings, this artist-pilgrim seeks always to portray truth, not sugar coatings; and in body, mind and spirit thus invests emotionally and spiritually in the mark-making, whether on canvas, chiselled in stone or expressed in lost-wax bronze casts

Describing herself as a liturgical artist and sculptor, Ali Hutchison aims to create works with embodied presence, which might excite spiritual as well as aesthetic response.  These installations by a fellow wayfarer are sometimes accompanied by accessible wise words.  They cause us to think again, re-examine ourselves, our reactions, our relationships, both earthly and divine.  And they invite us to draw near and receive – through touch, or thought, or just from abiding a while

 

2017 Installation

Each of the bronzes in the Eternal Trinity installation is a one-off, unique in both colour, support and even the angle of mounting.

From left to right below:

Endless Praise (left below) is supported by carved brown oak.  It is held securely in the ground by spikes which can be unscrewed to allow this piece to be used indoors.  Left outside the oak will eventually mellow to a washed-out silver unless it is regularly oiled.  Bishop Libby Lane said of this piece, ‘It speaks of the human response to the Holy Trinity, in the sense that endless praise is our response to God’s love to us’.  (Still available for sale: please enquire)

Everlasting Love (centre) is mounted on a bough from an ancient ash tree.  The piece is held securely in the crook of the bough, cradled safely yet not overwhelmed, barely aware itself of the strong arm beneath it

La Danse Eternelle (right) is supported by a standing stone.  Bishop Libby remarked, ‘These sculptures are a delight to look at, and to feel; they draw us into a conversation with themselves and their forms, and that, for me, says something about how God draws us into a relationship with him; a continuous, never-ending exploration of who God is and God’s relationship with us’.

The moulds, taken from the artist’s original carved or clay forms, can be used again for a limited-edition, fine-art run of nine for each piece.  Other beautiful tree boughs, carved oak supports and pieces of stone can be sought to suit your setting if these pieces are no longer available.   Different bronzes can be commissioned.

 

Bishop Libby at Tatton and an update on The Jesus Doors’ Easter Stations

The Jesus Doors’ Easter Stations will be exhibited again in 2018, perhaps in Chester Diocese

The Jesus Doors’ Easter Stations; 28 paintings on 14 real doors offering a visual narrative of Jesus’ last days on this earth and aiming to bring to life all that happened in Holy Week; were exhibited from Holy Week until Ascension some six weeks later at The Church of the Resurrection, Beswick in the Diocese …