My work is 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 moved to New Zealand, where he lives a semi self-sufficient lifestyle, as part of a community of artists and gardeners.
Selected past exhibitions
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
2021 A2, Greening the earth
2022 A2, Greening the earth
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