Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture Garden

As I said before in my Cornwall post, we stopped by at the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden in St. Ives. I was quite excited to visit as I love her work for it's elegance and simplicity and it actually informed a lot of my very first screen printing project I did back in my first year of university. Oh how the time has flown by! 

Unlike a white wall gallery this was her actual home and garden from 1949 to 1975 which gives a lovely warming atmosphere and a magical insight into her world. Inside were a few sculptures alongside paintings and drawings on the wall however outside the garden really thrived with beautiful plants and foliage immersing themselves around the work. (I also found out that most of the sculptures are in the exact same positions as where she herself placed them which is eerily cool.)

You could also peek into her workplace where there was a range of tools, many maquettes and pieces of unfinished works. I think as it was particularly sunny that day it really highlighted the beauty of the garden, but I can imagine that working in this environment was a real treat especially for somebody whose practice is focused on organic natural forms. 

I find it therapeutic drawing from her sculptures, I think it's because they have a certain flow about them which makes it somewhat calming when following the shapes with line. Fortunately we have the Hepworth Gallery a short train journey from Leeds so I might have to make an impromptu visit one weekend. Thank you Barbara, for bringing your greatness into this sometimes terrible world. 💕💗

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