Mardie Rees working (1 of 1).jpg

ABOUT MY WORK

The themes in my sculptures are derived from stories in history and literature, from relationships that are core to the formation of a soul. I shape and cut into clay with handcrafted wooden tools. I feel the raw materials in my hands.

It is essential to me that my work live and breathe on its own. This is best achieved by being as hands-on as possible. My interactions and relationships with live models, the textures made by my tools, and the nuances achieved by lost-wax casting – a procedure almost as old as sculpture itself – help keep the spark of life in my work.

I rely on live models, often friends and family, to draw out depth of character and natural gesture. I look for signs within parted lips, clenched hands, and wise eyes, the outer signal of emotions that reveal the sacred inner self. I use representatives with whom we can identify, figures that can walk with us. I seek those moments we have in common and portray the beauty and honesty of times of struggle, solitude, or contemplation.