James Eddy | Cornwall | #artists

 

      I have always had a great love of nature, of being outdoors and of knowledge. The experiences of playing and working in the countryside and on the sea, as well as the understanding of ecology and nature I gained by taking a degree in environmental science, have greatly underpinned and inspired my artistic career.                 

        My sculpture and land art works I would describe as leaps of faith, expressed with an organic and rough simplicity. Trying to resolve ideas in the most poetic and natural way possible, like water flowing around a rock. I prefer to work in natural materials, using traditional skills whenever possible and appropriate, understanding that manual labour can be a very rewarding process. I also use expressive painting and drawing to inform my work.

        I am intrigued by the Japanese aesthetic theory of wabi-sabi, especially the concepts of impermanence and change, both in nature and human life, and the ambiguous way in which these subjects are often expressed.

        The natural simplicity I try to achieve in my sculpture, could be described as a kind of visual poetry. What Costantin Brancusi referred to as, discovering 'the essence of things'. Another Japanese concept that conveys this is 'Mono-no-aware', which in one way can be defined as a sense of 'Ah-ness...' This sense of poetry is reflected in my site-specific works. I refer to them as 'Places of Silence', site-specific works that create a place and a space for reflection and contemplation, much like Japanese zen gardens.           

        For me art does not always have to provoke, shock or question. Neither should it always provide answers or overtly tackle major issues. Even thought these art works definitely have their place. I do however feel that authentic, simple organic art, which is experiential, can be just as effective and relevant in contemporary life.

        Art of this nature that simply serves a purpose of being beautiful focus points. Objects and spaces that provide a person or an audience with a moment in time, a moment to slow down and to contemplate, and perhaps even find answers to their own questions.

James Eddy is a sculptor and land artist, born in Truro, Cornwall in 1975, where he currently lives and works. He has been following an artistic journey all his life. An avid painter at school in Redruth, he continued with art studies whilst at school in Scotland. Where he also started writing poetry, having several poems published. From 1989 to 1996 James had a formative career in traditional folk music and dance, playing with several bands.

James' love of nature and being outdoors led him to study Environmental Science at university and to briefly work as a countryside ranger in Northamptonshire. In 1998 he volunteered as an artist-maker for Kneehigh theatre, this experience with community arts projects, inspired him to become a practicing visual artist.

Upon graduating James had his first exhibition in Falmouth in November 2000, and has since enjoyed a broad and varied career as an artist. His experiences range from exhibiting in galleries nationally and in Europe and producing both public and private commissions. To delivering community arts projects and environmental workshops. James also worked as an artist in education for twelve years.

In 2004 James worked with leading African artist El Anatsui, as project manager and assistant artist at the Eden Project, producing the Gateway to Africa, sculpture commission. And in 2010 he was invited to be artist in residence at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, creating the 'Growth & decay', charcoal sculpture.

Currently James is focusing on his studio practice and commissions, as well as developing future projects and exhibitions.

Artist website: http://james-eddy.com/

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