Featured Artist Jane Hibbert

Artist Jane Hibbert offers a collection of sculptures that express the balance in nature and invite tactile exploration. View more of her work on her website.

 

white Portland stone abstract sculpture by Jane Hibbert

“Asper (Not Smooth) Portland stone, 26cm x 14cm x 8cm

 

I grew up in blissfully bleak Yorkshire, United Kingdom, which brims with extensive moors, green valleys and farms. As a child, I was inspired by artists such as Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. I spent much of my spare time exploring artworks in local galleries and museums. I graduated from Oxford Brookes University in the UK in Fine Art, and have been exploring and developing my practise over the past thirty years.

 

black soapstone abstract sculpture by Jane Hibbert

“Clipeum (Shield)” black serpentine soapstone, 58cm x 26cm x 8cm

 

I presently get much of my inspiration from nature, with its seemingly accidentally beautiful forms and incredible diversity. Inspiration from nature combined with elements like sacred geometry underpin my work.

 

white lilac alabaster abstract sculpture by Jane Hibbert

“Lacrima (Tear)” lilac alabaster, 62cm x 26cm x 16cm

 

I follow a sketchbook and maquette process, developing multiple pieces at the same time. This helps me avoid overworking any one piece–especially stone!

 

black stoneware abstract sculpture by Jane Hibbert

“Cavum Nigrum (Black Hole)” stoneware or bronze resin, 50cm x 34cm x 12cm

 

My abstract sculptures are made from stone, bronze and ceramics. Stone, being slow, mindful and contemplative to work with, offers opportunity for negotiation on form, reflection and much learning. Ceramics, being the opposite, inspires me often to work quickly. In this  way, it ensures that different sections of the clay dry without cracking.

 

white stoneware abstract sculpture by Jane Hibbert

“Forma Curvae (Curve Form)” stoneware, 60cm x 40cm x 20cm

 

Touch is a key element in all my work, the final physical feel being is of equal importance to the visual elements. I want my sculpture to appeal to the hands as well as the eyes.

 

green bronze resin and aluminum resin abstract sculptures by Jane Hibbert

Left: “Fluctus II (Small Wave II)” green bronze resin, 45cm x 80cm x 26cm and Right: “Fluctus III (Small Wave II)” aluminum resin, 43cm x 75cm x 26cm

 

Through my observation of moving water, “Sculpture 3 ways” has become a recurrent feature of my art whereby I create a form which works in different positions. An adjustment in one view creates an adjustment in another, and so on. These works provide multiple display options in interior or exterior spaces.

 

abstract outdoor bronze resin abstract sculpture by Jane Hibbert

“Magno Fluctus (Large Wave)” bronze resin, 152cm x 92cm x 54cm

 

Another favorite theme of mine is expressing the form and flow of water. My interest in the constantly changing shape of water and its power is a repeated theme. In Magno Fluctus [Large Wave], I created a freeze frame in time and form above the base touchpoint, as if the form were about to move and change once more.

 

abstract white stoneware sculpture by Jane Hibbert

“Turbinaeus (Cone Shape” white stoneware, 12cm x 44cm x 12cm

 

I am also fascinated with the ripples found in water; especially the ripples created from water flowing down a hard surface or beach from a mountain water source. From the repetitive and rhythmic patterns created by water I form studies. I then echo them onto works such as Totem Polus [Totem Pole] and Turbineus [Cone Shape].

 

abstract white limestone sculpture by Jane Hibbert

“Custos (Guardian)” limestone, 58cm x 30cm x 22cm

 

Creating two forms within one form is illustrated by Custos [Guardian]. This is an example of a work whereby I have worked with two forms to create one form which is in some sort of equilibrium.

 

black stoneware abstract sculpture by Jane Hibbert

“Turbo (Vortex)” stoneware or bronze resin, 45cm x 24cm x 12cm

 

Altare [Altar] is a work created after study and reflection on primitive art, another interest of mine, which has not only survived but we are able to relate to today. Ancient sites of worship, including stone circles, are a source of inspiration. Recently, I have been experimenting with combining stone and ceramics with water, balancing rhythmic sounds and reflective variations in form. Creating the necessary shapes to channel, speed up and slow down the flow and direction of the water has been my starting point.

 

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