1997
Galvanised steel
183 x 64 x 33 cm
Edition of 1
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Victoria Rance took as her initial inspiration for Ark the form of a medieval chest used to hold vestments and other treasures she encountered in a church in Norfolk. The chest was carved from pine and had a curved top. When Rance embarked on the sculpture, her intention was to make a similar containing space, and the chest form became instead an architectural one - a space for a saint, or for a human, a precious being. The curved top exhibits a sunburst, the equivalent of a halo in a religious painting or sculpture. Galvanised steel rods welded close together form the curved wall which shields the figure. Mathematics and geometry are important in Rance's practice. The circle features frequently. Materials with linear qualities - rods, wires, reeds and bristles - are frequently incorporated. In Ark, Rance has taken the experience of working with such materials to continue a theme found in the work of Henry Moore; a vulnerable interior form being protected by a stronger, exterior one.

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About The Artist

Upon leaving university, Victoria Rance spent a year sculpting in Mexico, first in Tepoztlan and then in Erongaricuaro. The experience of working within another culture was enriching in many ways. She found that not only were the churches in a predominantly Catholic country full of elaborate carvings which she enjoyed, but there were other layers within the culture to be explored - Aztec and Mayan Art in particular. Rance also discovered that there was a particular harmony between the people and her art, and being allowed such close participation has left a lasting impression. Upon her return to Britain, Rance worked at studios in Rottingdean before moving to London and then to Greenwich, near to Apt Studios in Deptford, where she works today.

In her sculpture Victoria Rance has always been a fabricator rather than a modeller or carver, although she has on occasion worked with clay and with plaster. Her works evolve slowly, but her current practice has returned to ideas pursued as a student; particularly using the human figure as the centre or inhabitant of the work, with the sculpture conceived as a protective skin. Rance is greatly inspired by Naum Gabo and Constructivism and, whilst not emulating their work, her acknowledgement may be seen in the subtleties of making, in tone and in form. It is the spirituality in her work which leads Rance to look back to historical examples for inspiration - not to works of art, but to objects found in museums and in churches.

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Victoria Rance

Born: 1959

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