Dawn Rowland FRSS

As a sculptor, I explore the interdependency and fragility of human relationships and how these fit into the world around us. I express my own experiences – my personal and emotional CV – but the underlying feelings are universal. These are realised in such series as “The Warrior Dreams” and ‘Letting Go”, both of which resonate with the transient nature of bringing up a child to adulthood. Other sculptures deal with these relationships through life, for example “My Mother Myself…My Daughter Myself” and “Mother and Daughter”.

As a twin I have never been alone and the double images and faces in my sculpture reflect this special duality. Touch is that special connection in a relationship and therefore hands are also very important in my work. They express a multitude of emotions. They can be tender and loving but also angry and unforgiving.

A two-week stone carving course changed my life forever. I was totally drawn to stone. There is a physicality and sensuality to working in stone. Most of the time I carve directly, retaining the freshness and spontaneity that only direct carving can bring. Other times I draw an image straight onto the stone. I then carve it, change it, enjoying the fluidity and spirit of the stone and eventually bring the sculpture to fruition.

Although I work predominantly in stone I also enjoy the differences that come from making a sculpture in bronze. Initially moulding, kneading and adding clay or pushing plaster to build up a sculpture adds another dimension to my sculptural language. The way the light bounces off the finished bronze creates a very different mood to stone. The various colours of patinas add further to this difference.

I think that making sculpture is like a microcosm of life with all its struggles, hard work and joy, yet the satisfaction and pleasure is worth everything.

An Emotional Year
An Emotional Year

Bronze 148x45x45cm

An Emotional Year
An Emotional Year

Bronze 148x45x45cm

Boxed in 0
Boxed in 0

Black Granite 46x46x32cm £25,000

Despair
Despair

Bronze 148x45x45

Despair
Despair

Bronze 148x45x45

Breaking Out
Breaking Out

Statuary Marble 21x32x15 £13,000

My Sister...Myself
My Sister...Myself

Black Granite 56x118x30cm £37,500

Boxed in O
Boxed in O

White Granite 61x61x40cm £32,500

My Sister … Myself
My Sister … Myself

Bronze 7 cm × 15 cm × 3 cm £3,3750

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