PORTRAIT / COASTAL PATH / WAVE / FISSURE / FOSSIL / SIGHTING / JOHANNA / THE FUTURE
 

 

PORTRAIT

Tom Millard works principally in clay but has also been associated with the constructivist / kinetic movement. He has in the past exhibited in major galleries in the United Kingdom.
 
 
 
COASTAL PATH
The subject of the present work refers to a continuing journey around the southwest coast of England, in different seasons and all weathers.
The journey takes place in real time in an ever changing environment of land and sea, but also in the recollections of experiences and relationships.
The sculpture might be seen to represent points of stillness and contemplation on that journey.

 
 
 
WAVE
Large vertical forms stand strong, timeless and quite serene, and yet offer me memories of their conception as rough casts made in stormy twilight where wind and rain almost obliterated patterns raised by the retreating tide.Wordsworth's concept, of emotion recollected in tranquillity, works for me here.

 
 

 

FISSURE
Millard's ceramic sculptures arise from the artist's sense of place- his first-hand experience with "ancient landscapes". Analogous to the forms sculpted in geological time by the forces of wind and water near coastal Cornwall and Devon, Millard hand-builds, washes with color, fires and then abrades clay surfaces multiple times to render ceramic works that reflect the artist's observations of nature's inexorable transformations.

Peter Spooner
CURATOR TWEED ART MUSEUM DULUTH MINNESOTA USA

 
 
 
FOSSIL
Having employed titles such as Wave, Rock Face, Sightings, Fissure and Sentinel, Millard intends his series of ceramic sculptures to refer directly to actual topographical features of naturally weathered rock surfaces and coastal formations. Conceptually, these works function as mnemonic devices - like fossils - that recall vast time spans. By means of craft and artful interpretation, whereby scraping and mark-making in clay symbolise glacial time and its commensurate formations, the surfaces of Millard's sculptures inform us of his experience amid the elements and time.

Ron Pearson

 

 
 

 

SIGHTINGS
As much as the natural backdrop provides a tone for Millard's work, other artistic precedents may be inferred from an art history of landscape paintings, such as the atmospheres of Constable, Millais and Turner, as well as from the land-art practices of sculptors such as Richard Long and Andy Goldswothy. Millard's works, quiet, resonant and unassuming as they are, seem capable of providing endless opportunities for reflection; particularly with regard to appreciating one's own place in nature.

PS

 

 
 
THE JOHANNA SERIES
This on-going body of sculpture is prompted by the wreck of the cargo ship JOAHANNA at Hartland Point, North Devon. The ship was driven on to the rocks on January 2nd 1982. There was no loss of life.
I donít think there is anything particularly romantic about wrecks many of which along this coast being of cargo and fishing boats - both manifestations of hard and potentially dangerous work.
Rather I was drawn to the JOHANNA as a demonstration of the ferocious combined power of sea, weather and rock. Hartland Point also marked a symbolic location on my journey around the coast of the west country, where the Bristol Channel meets the Atlantic
Over the years I have witnessed the gradual disintegration of the JOHANNA, during which she has become almost a part of the natural landscape. The very language of name of port and origin, Gronegen, which defined her all but disappeared within a decade and became meaningless. And for me this loss of identity through the obliteration of defining language takes on a new meaning as a symbol of loss, change and renewal.
 
 

 
 
 
RECENT EXHIBITIONS
2001 HEADLAND
RBSA Galleries, Birmingham
EDGE TO EDGE
The National Trust, Botallick, Cape Cornwall
2002 RECENT WORK
The National Trust, Botallick, Cape Cornwall
2003 NEW WORK
RBSA Galleries, Birmingham
GOODRICH PRIZE FOR SCULPTURE
RBSA Open Exhibition for Sculpture
2004 THE SPIRIT OF LLYN
Oriel Gyln-y-Weddw, Llyn Peninsular, Wales
STANDING STONES AND FOSSILS
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
RECENT WORK
Ombersley Gallery, Worcestershire
2005 ANCIENT LANDSCAPES IN CLAY
Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, MN USA
2007 A MOVING STILLNESS
RBSA Gallery, Birmingham