We call it a ‘studio tour’ but it is a plain fact of the tour, that there are quite a few studios that our guests do not get to see, let alone visit. Studios such as sculptor Fly Freeman’s space is so packed full of machines for this and that...
Living in Canada has hugely influenced my artwork – the winter with it’s stripping back to essentials, beautiful palette and the endurance and resilience of the natural world here – changing my own approach to colour, structure and light.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Sculpture has been Fly Freeman's pursuit for the years she has been working as an artist, however this has meant very different things depending on where and when she was working.
Fly's career started in Scotland, after a degree at Edinburgh, followed shortly after that, by an apprenticeship with Hideo Furuta, a sculptor in granite.
After that training, Fly spent several years working in Europe making large scale carving in granite, mainly for public art commissions.
In her early thirties Fly moved to Uxbridge to be with my soon-to-be husband and his family and very quickly realized that her nomadic life of several months in this or that stone yard or quarry, was no longer viable. Fly's practice changed drastically, working indoors more ( yes – finally!), building a studio; going back to working with wood; and working at a much smaller scale.
This led to a much freer practice of sculpture – exploring new materials; learning to build more functional sculpture – aka furniture – and working through ideas at a much faster pace.
Through all these major transitions, Fly's creative obsessions have remained the same: pushing materials to their limits of their strengths; balance and tension. "Living in Canada has hugely influenced my artwork – the winter with it’s stripping back to essentials, beautiful palette and the endurance and resilience of the natural world here – changing my own approach to colour, structure and light".
Fly Freeman is an artist because she can do no other. "I'm in a time of change right now, it is not my first transition, so I have learned to enjoy, not fear, the breaking of the carapace – working and exploring to see what will emerge".
READ MORE ABOUT FLY'S WORK
Carver Fly Freeman is teaming up calligrapher Wendy Hardy to provide an introduction to not one but two fundamental lettering skills! Letter-carving in stone, and also Brush Drawing those letters.