Jacob Chandler, abstract figurative sculpture
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.
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 manufacture 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.