Nichola Theakston’s art transforms all aspects of the animal realm into intelligent bronze sculptures, from lazing cats to racing hares. The artist from the United Kingdom is motivated by the “physical, emotional, and’spiritual’ links” that exist between humans and animals, and translates each species into a textured figurine that reflects its soul.
Each painting depicts an animal topic with careful attention to its personality and behaviors. Many of these figures have their eyes closed in a state of rest, while others look about knowingly. All of these features are important to Theakston in order to generate a more comprehensive depiction. “I appreciate the education and discovery that comes with the rigor of ‘seeing,’…. and attempting to grasp and convey a fundamental presence in a sculpture,” she tells My Modern Met. “My work is primarily concerned with conveying components of common awareness and simply doing honor to and elevating/venerating the subject.”
One of Theakston’s most notable characteristics is her distinctive use of texture. She begins each work in clay to help her determine the proper form of the subject, but the sculpture will finally be cast in bronze. She then applies a distinct patina. This final touch lends the sculpture an inherent earthiness that complements the animal’s uniqueness.
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