I have no formal training in art, although my father was a painter who also taught fine art (see www.simonwillis-paintings.co.uk). Instead, I have a degree in philosophy from Bristol University.
I have always been interested in painting and drawing and began making simple mobiles as nursery decorations following the birth of my first son in 1997. I became interested in the more elaborate sculptural possibilities of the form after seeing the work of Alexander Calder and am also influenced by sculptors including Hepworth, Brancusi, Arp and Naum Gabo.
I draw a lot of my inspiration from animal and plant forms. The pieces are often suggestive of skeletal structures, usually in the abstract, but sometimes resembling particular plants or creatures. I often think of my sculptures as “suspended animations” lying at rest, waiting for a passing breeze to breathe life into them. They have a sense of harmony, rhythm and progression which, I think, reflect my interest in music.
The sculptures are intended to be enjoyed both as elegant, striking forms and as objects for contemplation and meditation. I am interested in the contrast between the solid, definite, dependable parts of the sculpture and the more uncertain, complex and changeable parts. The various components of the work are placed in opposition to one another in a series of weights and counterweights. Whilst each sculpture outwardly expresses a settled tranquillity, it actually relies for its existence on the internal tensions resulting from the pull of each part against every other. So the whole is comprised of individual elements that produce a structure in a kind of “dynamic equilibrium”.