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Prema resident artist Celia Smith draws with wire. For her, creating sculptures is like drawing in three dimensions. Birds are her main inspiration; capturing their movement and character is her primary concern. She finds that wire has a spontaneity that can give her sculptures a feeling of life and energy.
The majority of Celia’s sculptures are of domestic and native British birds. She aims to capture not only their shape but also their movement and character, creating small wire studies and then life-size pieces.
To get ‘close to her subject’ Celia spends time away from her studio in beautiful and inspiring rural locations – these range from studying migratory Whooper swans in Norfolk, creating Greylag Geese in the Shetland islands and drawing breeding seabirds on Skokholm Island in Pembrokeshire.
The materials that Celia uses are mainly sourced from scrap yards, each visit brings new colours and textures which helps to inspire the next creation. Her beautiful forms are constructed out of wires, which may have previously been used for telephone and electrical wiring, or perhaps some rusty fencing found abandoned in a field.
Celia originally studied Fine Art Sculpture at Wimbledon School of Art, graduating in 1996. The degree course offered her the chance to experiment with lots of different materials and techniques, but wire became her most favored medium.
Celia is now part way through a part-time MA in Multi Disciplinary Print-making. This has allowed time to experiment and develop techniques for taking prints directly from one dimensional wire sketches.
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