Artist statement

My name is Craig Hudson; I am an emerging sculptor from rural Suffolk. I predominately work in bronze and I believe that I am to be considered somewhat of a rare breed of artist, a founder-sculptor, following in the footsteps of my mentor Laurence Edwards. This process allows for me to have an intimate relationship with the work I make. Often my work relates to ideas from life experience, memories, and depression using these emotions, these feelings, and memories even my humour and culminating these ideas into three-dimensional representations.  My work always embodies a sense of irony, which helps me confront some of the issues I attempt to tackle in our broken world.

I see all this potential in society, and I see squandering. An entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy things we don't need. We're the middle children of history. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war... our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact.

'My figurative language has evolved through my relentless brutal honesty, often metaphorical for the dysfunction of a contemporary society'. Regularly I make reference to comic strips, tattoo design and emerges from gothic film, I am fascinated with disease and body mutilation. The finish of the bronze objects is also an important aspect to consider, allowing for core pins, runners and risers, elements that are integral to the process of casting, are left. I consider these as opportunities throughout the process, the technical experiment and the evolution of objects open to few others. This is what allows bridging the gap between the richness of the pure, unblemished bronze, and my comments towards our dysfunctional society.

 
COPYRIGHT 2011 CRAIG HUDSON.