Join us for a morning lecture at the RWA by distinguished Academician Bridget McCrum.
Bridget McCrum was born in 1934 and went on to train as a painter with Lesjek Musjynski at Farnham School of Art in the 1950s. From 1980 she began to work primarily in stone, having learned her craft from John Joeku and Andrea Schulewitz on the South Downs. McCrum also works with bronze, a metal she uses to cast many of her stone pieces.
McCrum’s work is a potent fusion of the ancient with the modern. She works primarily in stone, from which some pieces are also cast in bronze. Initially influenced by archaeological finds and by the work of Brancusi, Hepworth and Moore, her sculpture also contains oblique references to the landscape and fauna around her homes in Devon and Gozo. The basis of her work is a lyrical abstraction of living forms, a process after which only the primary elements of her animals and birds remain identifiable.
"I am primarily a stone- carver but work in plaster for many bronze pieces. Since childhood I have been excited by ancient remains, fragments of carving and standing stones in lonely landscapes and my travels have taken me to many sites from different cultures around the Mediterranean.
I make bird shapes based on tribal knives and ancient axe heads. The object in space is of great importance to me."
With thanks to Messums for the artist's information.