Bio

Andrew is interested in how things come together, and how they fall apart. His sculptures consist of modular parts, which undergo processes of dismemberment and reconstruction to explore detail, structure, and form. A sense of grandiose scale is always present in the grey and heavy forms, but the method of their construction remains intimate and reserved. The result is an artwork that is imposing, but also quiet.

Andrew’s research spans subjects that are often archaic, and sometimes contentious, including mythology, imperialism and memorials. His practice is contemplative, and reflects the pensive and insular environment that he works in.

The artworks are built in wildly different scales, often using reused materials, and so many of Andrew’s sculptures contain a spirited element of deception and disguise.

 

A person indoors, building a structure from grey blocks.
Stump/Slump (2021) 140x170x80cm
A black and white image of a tall tower
Metropolis (2021) 50x50x200cm
A close-up image of a grey cube placed on the ground
Megalith (2021) 10x10x10cm
A series of grey blocks laid out like tiles.
Brick Field (2021) 200x100cm
An armchair built from grey blocks
Chair (2021) 120x70x80cm
A stack of grey blocks leaning against a tree.
Column (2021) 10x10x300cm
A heap of grey blocks piled on the floor.
Heap (2021) 120x80x50cm
A large outdoor sculpture of a face
Human Construct (2021) 170x110x110cm
Graduate Show Overview

The Human Construct project is rooted in the contrast between unyielding, angular, human constructions, and the subtle yet inevitable course of time and nature.

Throughout his final year, Andrew studied ruins in order to build an understanding of the motifs that characterise architectural degradation and decay, and the concept of self-destruction through abandonment. This started as in interest in history and loss, but developed into a much more personal theme as focus shifted away from the splendour of grand mansions and castles, and towards a practice that acknowledges the personal tensions between artmaking and domestic settings.

The centrepiece of this project was the construction of 200 modular foam cubes which each imitate concrete building blocks. Being able to combine these individual sculptures to build, evaluate, and then deconstruct a multitude of different temporary structures allowed for experimentation and reflection before committing to a more permanent sculpture. There has been an element of impermanence and transience in this practice, as for the most part, the primary identity and form of Andrew’s artwork has been as a jumbled heap of component parts.

For the Graduate Show, the collection of blocks have been assembled into a portrait. As well as providing the opportunity to return to a more gestural technique, this allowed Andrew to construct more expressive and figurative work, and push his expectations of making natural forms from a toolkit of synthetic and angular parts.

At over five feet tall, the sculpture requires exploration at different scales, with a silhouette resembling a fragmented face, but a surface texture more reminiscent of a cityscape or architectural construct.

Skills & Experience
  • Co-producer and facilitator for The Bold Collective: Glasgow Youth Arts Hub
  • Director at Glasgow Connected Arts Network CIC
  • Trinity College London Level 3 Certificate in the Arts (Gold Award)