Combining traditional sculptural methods with 3D printing

A Gane Trust grant awarded in March has enabled Bristol sculptor Kate Parsons to explore the potential of 3D printing for making, and re-scaling sculptural work. The project for which the grant was given is called ‘Above/Below’ and combines traditional methods of making with that of cutting-edge technology. Kate explains ‘This will expand my technical knowledge and expertise going forward. I often start work from anthropological research, mainly in Africa, which leads to a form of personal fusion of sculptural forms, materials, subject matter and symbolism. The concept of ‘Above/Below’ is based on the Giriama Commemorative Grave Posts (Vigango) being half buried in the earth, the spiritual element, and half visible above ground, being in the physical world’.

The sculpture will be on show as part of ‘Wander_Land’ at the Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens and Gallery in Cornwall, from 1 July to 5 August with other members of the Royal Society of Sculptors. Artist talks and workshops will take place on 23 July.

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