Corridor Gallery is privileged to introduce “Blood & Bone”, an incredible solo exhibition by award winning Brighton Sculptor Eve Shepherd.
“Blood & Bone” is an exploration of expressive, figurative form, masterfully rendered in porcelain.
Eve Shepherd’s work details the journey of femininity, shaped and inspired by her own experiences as an artist and mother. A singular and encompassing theme which captures fragility and fortitude through feminine archetypes of maiden, mother and crone. “Blood & Bone” tells the story of ancient women; a tale of strength and power of from primordial beginnings to the complex femininity of modern times.
Delicate Human forms emerge from gnarled clay, the expressionistic resolving into the figurative in a haunting, ethereal combination of earth and visceral flesh.
Eve Shepherd applies multiple layers of clay by hand in a lengthy process. This physical connection with each sculpture is evident in every stage of making. The artist’s hand resonates throughout the work, her intention, growing like the rings of a tree to render the final form.
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The material is of great importance to the themes and ideas addressed in “Blood & Bone”. Clay from the earth; a natural combination of bone and minerals, marking our connection to ancestry and our physical bodies. The choice of material is poignant; inviting contemplation of ancient knowledge and technique, a reminder of mortality and the swiftness of our own passage through time. Fragile porcelain reinforces the concept of Eve Shepherd’s “Blood and Bone”; creation, womanhood, ancestry and physicality. Life and Death.
Eve Shepherd’s working practise embodies the lineage of Fine Art; exploring contemporary themes through the artistry of traditional techniques. Eve has spent over twenty years exploring her craft and perfecting technical skills, creating new techniques entirely unique to her practice. At the age of seventeen she was apprenticed to Anthony Bennett. By her early twenties she was given the responsibility of heading sculpture teams globally working around the world from Croatia to Aswan, Israel to Singapore.
Eve Shepherd has enjoyed recognition from the prestigious Society of Portrait Sculptors and The Royal British Society of Sculptors. Having gained much success in her career with several high-profile commissions, including a life-size portrait of Stephen Hawking. Her work has garnered many Awards. Eve Shepherd continues to work and show in the South East, exhibiting regularly in galleries and high-profile exhibitions throughout the UK – Corridor Gallery is truly proud to become part of Eve’s prestigious CV!
“Blood & Bone” opens on the 3rd of November at Corridor Gallery – the exhibition is free to view & with more information about Corridor Gallery (including opening times & how to find us) available online.