Justbod features the work of the York artist bod. His work is inspired by a deep love of the history and countryside of the British Isles, as well as the mystery and beauty of ancient cultures.
bod's work in his own words:
I began making things many years ago, when like most boys, I spent most of my free time in the woods, trying to make weaponry and survival aids using an old penknife to fashion twigs and other bits and pieces into bows and arrows, catapults, swords and shields, and then trying out their effectiveness on the other boys.
A bit later and my first ‘proper’ carving – a cast off piece of skirting board becomes a dolphin – an altogether more peaceful subject!
Years later, and still several lifetimes ago, I set up a shop to start selling my wares. During this time, I deepened my fascination for the haunting and mysterious artefacts and monuments left behind in our landscape and a deep love and respect for the talented and inspiring artwork of our ancestors. My artwork, the things I create, is a way to connect further with these unknown artists, and to continue to try to understand and to share their visions.
I also have a strong passion for the British landscape and its changing moods. I love the bleak and rugged moorland with its wild and secretive ways, I love the storm and the windy coast, I love beautiful rolling downs and sun-dappled woodland and landscapes that you can lose yourself in, and then once more find yourself, for the first time.
At a different level entirely, I adore the texture and form of nature, from ripples in sand, to the sinuous twisting of wood grain, the hypnotic vision of a babbling brook and the timeless and all-knowing bastions of granite and millstone grit.
Nature has always been the greatest sculptor and artist of all.
If I ever manage to convey a fraction of the beauty of nature or the skill of our ancestors,
I will feel very proud indeed.
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