'A Piece of the Moon'
It was back in the nineties, at the fringe of the London scene, when I made my first few sculptures. I've been producing the spheres series, whenever possible, ever since. Although I've spent quite a few years as an outsider, I'm pleased, at long last, to be able to show a collection of new works.
They're about the beauty, infinite complexity and preciousness of life and the delicate balance between chaos and order. My inspiration is drawn from the likenesses between microcosmic and macrocosmic forms such as subatomic particles and planets.
Each sphere is produced by eye and hand, often from rare and precious materials. I feel peaceful, meditative processes are ideal and choose hand tools whenever possible.
Many of these works take years to complete, as some media must be seasoned and finishing processes can require months of curing. Some have been stored for over a decade, in order for the desired patina to develop.
Often they include hidden elements, which usually have a property that makes them attractive to interact with. Under the right circumstances I like to encourage people to explore, even to play with my work.
Steven Whiffen is a native of South West Britain. He spent much of his childhood at play in a wooded valley by the sea and attended a community school in Holwell, Dorset. In 1988 he enrolled at Shelley Park College of Art and Design, Bournemouth (in the beautiful home of the late poet Shelley). He went on to graduate from the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design, London. It was here he was exposed to silversmithing.
The Spheres series of sculptures were conceived in his studio at Guggleton Farm in Dorset, after a weekend at the Kröller-Müller Museum.
Several years later he and his wife moved to New Zealand, where they live a semi self-sufficient lifestyle with their three children, as part of a community of artists and gardeners.
Selected past exhibitions
(some of these were tiny but all were important for me : )
1997 Tower Bridge Piazza Gallery, London, Britain
1999 Guggleton Farm Gallery, Stalbridge, Britain
2003 'By the Sea', Osmington Mills, Britain
2005 Padstow Gallery, Cornwall, Britain
2009 Otago Art Society, Railway Station Gallery, Dunedin NZ
2018 A2 Gallery, Wells, Britain
2019 A2, Saatchiart, Greening the Earth, UK, Singulart France.
2020 A2, Saatchiart, Singulart
Sept / Oct
'Cosmic' solo exhibition (NZ private view)
Galerie-Sonia-Monti, 6 Avenue Delcassé, 75008 Paris, France
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Karitane Post Center
130 Stornoway Street