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Malcolm Martin and Gaynor Dowling's work uses English hardwoods, worked by hand with axe, gouges and drill. The pieces contrast strong frontal images with individual textures made one mark at a time without preplanning.
The primitive-inspired materials and striking hand-grooves on the outer-layer of the disk characterises Malcolm and Gaynor’s interest in the boundary between two and three-dimensional forms creating strong frontal images and implied volumes.
The impressive piece has a natural surface finish and simplicity in form, revealing the honest beauty of the oak.It's size and solidity captures the modest contrast of elegance and confidence.
“We [Malcolm and Gaynor] work together on every stage of the pieces, and have been collaborating full time since 1997. What all our pieces share is the central role of the hand and of hand tools, primarily through carving.”
About the Artist:
Malcolm Martin and Gaynor Dowling make sculptures in wood, from half-ton monumental forms for a secret garden, to vessels sewn together from sections of veneer weighing a few grammes. They have worked together on every stage of the piece, collaborating full time since 1997.
"What all our pieces share is the central role of the hand and of hand tools, primarily through carving."
Working on different bodies of work concurrently, continuing their series of still life groupings both in monochrome and colour at the same time as making significant single pieces.
They have been living and working together in Stroud, Gloucestershire, in England's Cotswold hills since 1997.