You think a little of Rodin’s famous bronze sculpture ‘The Burghers of Calais’, with the six dignified Burghers with their expressive faces showing different emotions, having rough rope nooses around their necks coming out to meet the English on the surrender of the city in 1346.
Rope is also a feature of Laurence Edwards’ bronze sculptures, something that he brought into his work from when he was living with tribesmen in Northern Siberia, where a great part of the culture revolves around the use of rope and knots, made from natural materials, which here he translates into humans being tied up in knots.
Exhibitions of the highly detailed and textured sculptures of British artist Laurence Edwards open this week, with smaller bronzes in the London gallery of Messums and larger works at down in Wiltshire under the theme ‘The Gathering of Uncertainties’.
The bronzes in London are intense and full of emotion, and make you want to leap on a train and see the others down in that great medieval barn in Wiltshire as soon as you can. Edwards casts them in his own foundry so that he maintains control of the alchemic process and their final finish which is a key part of the sculptures.