Otters - 2018
Otters are one of Britain's most well-loved native animals, and thanks to recent countryside conservation measures, numbers of this Mustelid are thankfully on the increase.
Hamish's composition plays on the idea of an infinity curve with its use of S lines and negative space. His trademark gestural mark making emphasises the dynamic quality of this bronze otter sculpture.
Otters 2018 was built with a medium size garden pond in mind and it offers great reflections. However, it would also make a really striking free standing interior piece.
THIS SCULPTURE IN THE MAKING
I’ve had a passion for otters since I was a child, even calling my own daughter Otterlie! I've been lucky enough to see them a few times in the wild when fishing in Scotland. In this sculpture I wanted to convey a perfect moment of symmetry, two otters playing under water in a figure of eight. Once I had a rough idea, I modelled up a very quick sketch as it’s a complicated composition to get right in the head. Compositionally the eye is lead around and around in a never ending dynamic. It is always a challenge to support a heavy metal as though it were floating under water. The joy of working with bronze is that you can do this and really push the structural boundaries of bronze casting.