Alexandra Harley

I use a variety of different materials -mostly wood, but also stone, clay, and paper- to explore the concept of movement and animation in non kinetic sculpture. 

The natural components of the materials inform the constructed sculptures. I create abstract wood and stone sculptures which are lively and robust carved constructions with a rich variety of textures.  These sculptures deliberately convey a sense of movement, animation, imbalance and unease without themselves being kinetic.  For many years I have been investigating the idea of movement based particularly, but not exclusively on the moving figure. I try to encapsulate a combination of movements rather than just a static pose, stretching, twisting, pushing and pulling and this concern is redefined in the wood. Looking beneath the skin, I am particularly concerned with the internal structure and exposing the underlying combinations and counter active balances of movements rather than re-creating the outer surface or skin which masks the tensions and stresses contained within. I do not use the whole figure, but often just a small area, so while the final sculpture is not intended in any way to resemble the human form, it contains within it the symbolism of action.

Untitled by Alexandra Harley

Cene by Alexandra Harley