Margaret River artist and sculptor Lauren Rudd has been creating beautiful sculptural objects out of clay for over 30 years and loves every minute of it. Her portrayal of the female form with exaggerated curves and flowing movement aim to capture a moment, a small snapshot if you like of a small scene that is in fact part of a bigger moving picture. Lauren Rudd uses patterns and overlays that tell a unique story on each piece and her experimentation with finishing glazes give her sculptures another layer of individuality.
Read the below Question and Answer feature to learn more about Lauren Rudd.
Getting to know....Lauren Rudd
When did you first feel the desire to be artistic and realise you had talent?
I was drawing and making things from a young age. I remember the clay lady with her caravan coming to my school. I went to see her at recess and lunch so I could play with the clay.
Where did you learn your art?
I went to Claremont School of Art when I was 17
What inspires you most?
I love looking at books of the masters. Looking at Michelangelos work and being awestruck. Just wondering how he and others achieved such works so long ago. Living in Margaret River is also my inspiration, the bush and the beach. Being surrounded by such beauty.
What message are you sending?
I am trying to show movement. As if my sculpture is a still frame of a larger picture.
Describe your studio…
I became a draftsperson so that I could design our home. Its a townsize block but my husband and I made sure that I would have a studio here. I have a room off the southern courtyard. I keep my kilns, moulds, and clay in there. I mostly work out in the courtyard. There is a pond with ferns to look at. I just play my music and get lost in my own world.
Describe your typical day of creating art…
There isnt one. I usually have 3 or more pieces on the go. I uncover which ever piece I feel like working on.
What mediums do you use and why?
I fell in love with clay and have never moved on. The freedom that clay invites you to partake in. Open the bag, grab a handful and off you go. To create an object from the earth is a wonderful feeling.
What are you working on now?
A series of wall mounted flying figures. Some male torsos to partner my female ones and I’m looking at designing some spiral figures.
What do you love most about what you do?
Living a creative life.
Where can you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully I would have gone to Europe to see the great sculptures and architecture. I want to combine my passion for sculpture and knowledge of architecture to enable me to create sculptural components for buildings.
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