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Jacob Chandler

Jacob Chandler

After starting a study in Architecture ill health forced me to reassess my future, I had always wanted to be a sculptor and architecture was just a pragmatic approach to future security, I gave myself a year to start making something of my art and it has just gone forwards from there. Being self taught has allowed me to gain mentorship from artists and sculptors across the country, who have successful full time careers. It has also given me the opportunity to forge working relationships with leading industry experts in metal fabrication, computer aided design and galleries. This informs my practice in a direct and dynamic way as when new technologies become available I am best placed to capitalise on the new artistic freedom they provide.

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My work focuses on the transient, capturing the most dramatic point of an action, the tipping point from one moment to the next, be it physical or mental. Ordinarily this fleeting change would be gone in the blink of an eye but to hold it forever in a solid yet ethereal design creates strong emotional impact. The use of metal, particularly steels such as corten, adds another dynamic to my work as the oxidisation means the surface is constantly changing.

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