Miraculous Stag, 2014
Bronze, edition of 9
34cm h x 26 x 16.5
Photo credit: Nick Clark
Courtesy the artist and GreenStage Gallery
Driving through a Worcestershire park late one night, English sculptor Caro Burberry caught a flash of a deer in her headlights. As it silently leapt behind some trees, she was struck by its “angelic, miraculous, quite ethereal” nature.
Burberry works in cast iron and bronze. She creates cast iron sculptures in Indiana, where she works with a team of engineers and fabricators, and makes bronze sculptures in the UK, where bronze casting foundries are more accessible. Expressing her appreciation for the material, Burberry exclaimed “I absolutely love hot, poured metal!”
Describing herself as “an explorer rather than a copier”, Burberry’s intention is not to create a lifelike sculpture but to strip away all unnecessary diversions – literally chipping away at an object to simplify it - whilst retaining its recognisable shape. To this rationalised form Burberry then isolates and enhances one aspect that gives the object its essence.
The body of Miraculous Stag – the deer from the park - is simplified in line whilst his antlers are transformed: rather than hard bone and a weapon, the overgrown antlers now appear as wings in flight and he has become something altogether more magical and mystical.
For more information: greenstagegallery.co.uk and caroburberry.com
Hedge issue 50, pp72-77, May 2018