WHEN DO YOU KNOW A WORK IS DEVELOPING, READY OR COMPLETE, AS OPPOSED TO EVER EVOLVING?. I guess we stop when we feel the work has become something we’re happy to regard as a child, perhaps able to talk and look after itself. WHAT OTHER INFLUENCES STIR YOU INTO ACTION? E.G. MUSIC, ENVIRONMENT, MEDITATION, MOVIES, PAINTERS, DANCERS, EXPERIENCES, OCCASIONS, EVENTS, SOCIAL COMMENT LAURIE BLAKEWATER Sculpture allows you to be as creative as you can in almost any way you can imagine. Then ‘your’ creations, and perhaps you, join in a conversation. When I was about 20 I decided life should be about life. Existence (as Descartes noted) was the one thing beyond doubt. Whilst we sometimes need to decide what will best further ‘life’, indeed what is ‘life’, this simple illumination has been a lodestar for me. So I have great respect for artists who support social justice, the planet and all its creatures. Nature, sex and dreams are all nourishing for me. WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION? WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR SCULPTURAL JOURNEY TO TAKE YOU? WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO BECOME A SCULPTOR? Always the same one place - the mystery of being here. It seems a seemingly impossible nut to crack, but in the end seems to me about the only puzzle-question worth asking. HOW DOES CREATIVITY COME TO YOU AND WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN IT DOES? In floating moments. Artistic creativity is being a midwife to the manifestation of things in the world - wonderful - but it does need managing to mesh with the rest of the creation of our daily lives. CAN YOU DESCRIBE HOW YOU FEEL WHEN AN IDEA STARTS TO CONCEPTUALLY TAKE FORM? I like to favour the idea that ideas inhabit people, manifesting themselves through willing hosts. I try to let intuition and reflection help me feel my way through the accompanying practical process of giving form to something which must seem new and full of resonant meaning. Maybe a Japanese forest with little red berries and snow. WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO EXHIBIT? To say something that feels personally (at least) true in the face of the onslaught of static and the other ‘voices’ of our culture. WHAT IN PARTICULAR ENCOURAGES YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BJCS EXHIBITION? The Casper Friedrich setting of sea and sky - I’m a total lyrical romantic. I like supporting the BLSC, their ideals, and I like the egalitarian nature of the event. WHAT SHOULD WE LOOK FORWARD TO FROM YOUR WORK IN 2014? I got to spend about a month in 2013 making sculpture mainly 2 pieces - a green man and an in situ creek rope work for the inaugural Mulberry Farm sculpture event at Yankalilla. I also experimented with cast glass and did a spontaneous living sculpture piece on a Grand Canal bridge in Venice. For the BJSC event I am offering two works - the first, a conceptual piece, is visually exactly the same as last year’s ’Nothing’ - that is, there’s nothing there (well a ‘chair’ was provided for the viewer’s use) - but now, called ‘Everything’, its accompanying statement elicits the imagination of the public to stop time and hence experience existence in its eternal present. In a way the 2 works are one work frozen itself in time. The second work invites the public (one at a time) to enter a tardis-like beach changing shed. In the darkness inside they are witness to a little stellar magic, a variant of the work of Jason Sims, (‘it’s all done with mirrors’…or is it?...) and emerge much better, happier, even better looking, people.