Ryan Saunders United Kingdom
My process is tacit. I am constantly influenced by the materials around me, being very stubborn when it comes to the selection and whether I find them “attractive”. I have focused heavily on balance and gravity when experimenting with the weight of materials and how they can be constructed to the brink of collapse.
My practice combines a variety of mediums but it’s the connection between them that interests me and how they sit within an environment. Also, when reflecting on my practise I have noticed a huge part in the process is the setting itself as it can sometimes be more impactful than the work, blurring the line between art and the space it occupies. When transferring to a domestic setting the work drastically changes in scale but also in its destructive nature. I could no longer use huge slabs of plaster and wood and would now need to use more accessible and workable materials, whilst also maintaining that stubborn selectiveness I had in the studio. I find that the work has a strong aesthetic- again something that it is interchangeable depending on the working environment and its possible exhibiting space. Something I am starting to look into and push to its limits is the constant change of environment and the ability to adapt and manoeuvre the practise with in those parameters. The most important thing to me, is I think while making not before or after but during the process.