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Inspired: Glenn Morris




by Charlotte van Praagh, 23rd October 2020

Mixed media sculptures by Glenn Morris, Powys

Glenn grew up in Kent, but, inspired by his father’s Welsh heritage, he moved to Mid Wales 20 years ago and lives near Builth Wells with his wife Clare. A professional sculptor, he undertakes commissions, and creates his own original work, as well as teaching stone carving.

 

Top: Pilgrim 
“Part of a temporary exhibition at Strata Florida Abbey, this piece blew down in a storm as it wasn’t meant to last – but it became so popular locally that the Strata Florida Committee want me to rebuild it as a permanent fixture.”

 

Osmunda
“This piece is at The National Botanic Garden of Wales. Part of a project with Sculpture Cymru – a group of sculptors living in Wales – it was inspired by the work of Dr Natasha De Vere, who’s done extensive research into the DNA barcoding of plants. Carved from Kilkenny marble, the sculpture is based on a fern called ‘osmunda’ which scientists recently discovered exists today exactly as it did millions of years ago. I found this idea intriguing, and wanted this sculpture to be suggestive of a fossil.”

 

Silent spring
“This is part of a series of three sculptures I made, one of which won the top award in the Royal Cambrian Exhibition in 2019. It’s a tribute to author Rachel Carson who wrote the book Silent Spring in the 60s about the indiscriminate use of pesticides and the impact on the natural environment. The sculpture incorporates a marble carving inspired by a bird skull I found in my garden, with a bronze beak, on a sandstone base with a feather etched into it. I wanted this to be a memorial to life that’s gone, and that we’ll never get back.”

 

Subjugation
“One of a series of figures I made, like Pilgrim, using timber cladding and steel, this was photographed in one of my favourite places in Wales – the Abergwesyn Valley. The idea came from when I was a kid and my mum would take me to the Natural History Museum. I remember walking in and seeing the dinosaurs, which in the room looked absolutely huge. I wanted my pieces to be photographed in a remote wild landscape, so once you start moving away from them they rapidly look quite small – to reflect humankind’s insignificance. The poses were chosen for different reasons, and I wanted this figure to look tortured and despondent.”

 

More information: For further details, or to see more of Glenn’s work visit www.glennmorris.co.uk or follow him on Instagram @glennmorrissculpture

 

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