Hare Head Carved - 2018
Hamish was inspired to sculpt Hare Head Carved 2018 after seeing Amedeo Modigliani's carved head sculptures at the Tate Gallery. The Egyptian and Aztec artefacts that he saw in Paris in 2016 were also in his mind.
This elegant sculpture was carved from plaster - quite a different process than Hamish's habitual method of sculpting in clay. This piece was all about taking away, not adding on; allowing the hare head to evolve and emerge freely from the material. The larger un-carved faces are visually broken up with pre-cast insert panels.
Hare Head Carved 2018 is more about form than character, in a departure from Hamish's usual modelled style. As such it has a timeless contemplative quality and prompts the viewer to question whether it is an ancient or modern work.
The dusty dark grey and light brown patina emphasises the texture. The base is Ancaster Weatherbed, a pale limestone with visible shells and fossils, which also adds to the timeless feel of this distinctive piece.
It has a stylised feel and a symmetrical composition, yet Hamish still manages to convey a unique energy from the visible impact marks of his chisel.
Hares are one of Hamish's signature subjects. Hare Head Carved 2018 is a refreshing new study of a favourite animal. It makes an interesting comparison with the spontaneous and gestural Hare Head 2018 which was made at the same time.
THIS SCULPTURE IN THE MAKING
I don’t often do preliminary drawings, I usually work from a malleable armature. However, I worked this sculpture up from a rough sketch. Hare Head Carved is more about form than character, unlike my usual modelled style. It is healthy to experiment as an artist and I enjoyed being not quite sure of the outcome! I wanted to let the sculpture develope itself and not force ideas upon it. I plan to make this 8ft high one day!