Neil Wood

My recent work of the last three years, collectively entitled ‘Refugee’ is part of an ongoing dialogue with the formal qualities of the materials and a development from previous works. The sculptures are produced in bronze or steel.  Some are limited editions, others are unique pieces.
The coarse handling of the form, the textual qualities of the metals and the patination are intended to suggest the harshness of the subject. The individual titles, however, allow for an ambiguity of interpretation and are intended to create a dichotomous experience for the viewer.
I’m currently working on a series of sculptures and works on paper loosely called ‘Displaced’ (working title). They will be created in bronze, mild steel, and stainless steel together with a series of plaster cast reliefs.  The work explores a general socio-political theme of inequality imposed by circumstance. In more particular terms I’m attempting to convey an emotional response to varied humanitarian challenges of the twenty first century, albeit through a formalistic sculptural language that draws, unapologetically, on a twentieth century aesthetic and sculptural tradition.