Guilded presents an online show of the complete collection of sculptures by Anne Curry MRBS, to compliment the inaugural ‘Sculpt at Kew’ (18 September - 15 October, 2017), at which five of her monumental botanic sculptures will be exhibited against the historic backdrop of Kew’s world famous gardens, London.
The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew are a world renowned UNESCO World Heritage site, offering unique landscapes in which to display sculpture within the context of their world leading botanic collections.
One collection is the Millenium Seed Bank, which represents the greatest concentration of living seed-plant biodiversity on earth. The monumental botanic sculptures of Anne Curry sit comfortably in this context. A passionate gardener, she is profoundly aware of the mathematical rules that underpin the process of growth in the natural world. She closely observes plants, specifically life unfurling and developing in the form of seed pods, flower buds and leaves. She studies the curves, spirals of growth, the unfolding of leaves and flowers, the bursting of seed pods.
French born, Anne, has lived in England since studying for her doctorate in Egyptology at which time she discovered the power of sculpture, and the seed was sown for her future career. In her work she fuses the ancient and modern, her monumental sculpture informed by the clean lines and pared down aesthetic of ancient sculpture. The result is both powerful and timeless.
Her work has attracted an international following of private collectors and invitations to exhibitions including the Venice Biennale, where ‘The Keeper of the Place’ is currently presented in ‘Personal Structures’, an international art project presented by the European Cultural Centre and organised by the GAA Foundation at the Palazzo Mora until 26th November.
Curry’s sculptures are cast in restricted editions of either 6 or 9, and in bronze or resin. A select variety of finish colour options are available, enabling the piece to respond to its context and the tone of light. While the sculptor’s artist cast may be finished in anthracite grey or verdigris for the slightly blue light of her own garden in northern climes, the same piece positioned in the warmer toned light toward the tropics can suit a light grey or navy blue.
Finish colour also serves the sculptures in the way they are to be enjoyed. There is an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ quality in Curry’s use of scale. A seed pod that would fit in the palm of a hand is now monumental. While thought provoking, the sculpture may serve as a focal point from a distance and the finish colour engaged to serve this purpose. Seen from far away a pod may appear to scale, yet drawn in we discover it is we who appear to shrink and become insignificant next to nature’s potent seed. Equally a sculpture finished to blend in colour to its surroundings, can be an unexpected surprise discovery.
Please enjoy the full collection in this online show with Artsy, but if time and location allow, we encourage you to experience the artist’s work in person at Kew. The listings denote which sculptures are at Kew.
The majority of Anne Curry’s sculptures require no fixing, their weight and structure being sufficient, however in some cases, and depending on the surface on which they are to be placed, fixings are provided. Advice and provision, as well as delivery and installation worldwide are co-ordinated by Curry’s representative: Charlotte Bowater of Guilded Ltd.