ABOUT SPENCER BYLES
Spencer Byles, an English Artist who, until recently, has been living in France with his wife and daughter, now reside in Borneo Malaysia.
Majority of my sculptures are made in wild forests. Though having moved to Borneo it's now more jungle than forests!
"My sculptures reflect an affiliation between the materials, the space in which I work and my own ‘imagination and ideas’. I investigate the possibilities that exist within the materials. I react intuitively, allowing my responses and ideas to seep gradually into the work as it slowly develops.
Working method: I work without a plan or sketches and like to arrive at a location without any thoughts as to what I might make. Although this sounds simple enough it's actually difficult to achieve as images are constantly filtering through my head especially when I arrive at a destination. However I have a acquired an approach that helps clear my mind. I work on as many as twenty to thirty pieces at one time over a period of weeks. I spend no more than a few hours on each sculpture before moving onto the next sculpture. In can be days or weeks before I revisit a piece and and each time I may bring a different and or new approach.
I continually construct and deconstruct, build and dismantle. Every piece I make is a new experiment, searching out endless possibilities. I am never sure of exactly where I am going, or how it might evolve. There comes a point where I can no longer move forward or backwards I stop.
Each sculpture represents a special experience that I have had over weeks and or months. The materials become the text and the sculpture becomes the story.
I don't have a point as to when I feel a sculpture is 'finished'. There is no clearly defined point of a beginning, middle or end. When working in forests or mountains with natural materials, I might leave the work for a period of weeks or months to allow nature to weaves its way back onto, around and or through the materials. This is very important to me as I consider the sculptures look more grounded in their environment once this action takes place.
I very rarely share the locations of where my work can be located. I prefer people might find them by chance.
Every piece I create is a different and new experience. I work with different materials, these can be ‘man made’ or ‘natural forms’. There isn’t a common link to these other than I find I am drawn to materials that lie abandoned, or discarded.
I am fascinated by the hidden and subtle qualities which readily exist in nature. I am always alert to the sounds, smells and different textures that one can find working outside. However the complexity of nature is not always the most predominant theme in my work.
Each work location presents its own unique possibilities and influences. I will use all my physical senses, touch, sound, smells these are important tools that effect my direction.
I am drawn to nature's natural designs. The structure and design of natural objects can be a continual source of inspiration.
The force of life and growth and the slow disintegration of all living things has always fascinates me. My sculptures are often greatly influenced and abstracted from the natural world.