The origin of the term cloud can be found in the old English clud or clod, meaning a hill or a mass of rock. Later on the term was extended as a metaphor to include rain clouds as masses of evaporated water in the sky because of the similarity in appearance between a mass of rock and a cumulus heap cloud. Having grown up in the country, rocks and clouds were always part of our lives - rocks need to be cleared from fields, and the sky, especially the clouds, had to observed and analysed each day. Clouds can be threatening or welcome. The wellbeing of animals, plants and crops depends on them. During my recent flights across continents, I have been able to observe the wonder of clouds from above. Shapes of clouds stimulate my imagination.
As a sculptor I am curious about the outside shape and form of anything and everything and what may lie within. For this dialogue with Mi-young’s sky paintings I have chosen to work with alabaster, a form of gypsum or calcite, a crumbly stone, which occurs as transparent crystals. In its purest form it is white and translucent, but impurities can colour it in browns, yellows, blues and black in veins or patches. Alabaster is supposed to be a “drawing” stone, drawing light from the sky into our space and lives, and white alabaster is said to summon the spiritual. Although alabaster is a solid and heavy material, it is its fragility and luminosity that interests me, the breathtaking coldness, yet sensuous softness of the sculpture, when it is finished. I prefer to carve uncut stone directly, letting the stone guide me at times, imposing my directions at others, thus entering into a dialogue between material and process and myself.
Born in Germany, Dorothea lives and works as an Alexander Teacher and Artist in London.
Although a latecomer to Fine Art she is a passionate sculptor. As a hoarder of objects, things and stuff she enjoys creating works experimenting with the tension between a variety of ‘lowly’ materials and found objects and so called traditional materials, such as stone, wood, plaster, clay and metal. Her work often draws upon the relationships of the human body to identity and materiality, exploring ideas of power, weakness, fragility and tenderness, as well as our desire for and attachment to objects and materials of the everyday. Her installations are investigations into our relationship to urban space and architecture, about traveling and tourism, consumerism and waste, and ecological concerns. However, she always returns to her first love, the work with rocks.
She has exhibited regularly in group shows and Open Studios in London and Suffolk, and has a studio practice with Factory Projects in North Acton, London.
Dorothea Magonet October 2016
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