Barbara Franc – Artist Statement
I have always been fascinated by the shapes and sculptural forms of animals, they present a never-ending source of inspiration to me. I try to capture a feeling of their movement and presence in my sculpture. For this I use wire and other materials in a way that suggests drawing in three dimensions. This allows me greater freedom to add changes whenever I want during the construction to keep the feeling fluid and to reflect the diversity of movement and form. I increasingly use recycled and discarded materials as I enjoy the challenge of transforming something with a past history into something new and exciting.
Influences include Nineteenth century animal engravings, domesticated animals and our dependence on them, movement of racing animals such as horses and dogs, skeletal structures both organic and inorganic
I attended Morley College of Art in the late 70s where I studied Life drawing under Maggie Hambling and John Bellany. In the late 80s I attended Richmond College to study Sculpture under Avril Vellacott, but the most influential of my mentors is Mary Orrom, an inspired and inspiring sculptor, based in Great Missenden, Bucks.