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Name: Toby Bowles
School: Sir William Ramsay School
Year: Year 13
Inspiration: My name is Toby Bowles and I have a lot of passion for art. I am currently completing my A Levels in Sculpture, Photography and Graphical art. My inspiration for my work is based on the work of several sculptors including Tom Friedman, Kitty Klaus and Mona Hatoum. With all these sculptors I am inspired by how they deal with changing the state of materials by either dematerialising them, altering and contradicting their original pupose or breaking them down and reforming a new object. Objects that have strong identities and purposes like a chair are broken down to contradict themselves. Something sturdy becomes delicate and fragile; density is reverted to translucency and so on. I like to work with contradictions and in some cases creating a surprise or shock factor. I think it important within my work to re-use and source materials to work with. I like the way that one man's rubbish is anothers gold. I like to play around with the meaning of objects and play with the viewers' emotive response.
Title: Type no more
Description: This piece is a type writer that I have embedded in cement. I have made the object redundant but also important. I found this beautiful typrwriter broken and discarded in a recycling dump so rescued it only to reinforce the destroying of it. It is unrepairable in the state I found it and not used or needed in the technological age we live in. It is slumped in cement like a fosilised relic for people to look and admire and wonder how people survived producing documents in such a primitive fashion. I have smashed some of the surrounding cement away to give it a slight hope of smashing out of the cement to be reused.
Medium: cement, type writer
Width: 65cm Height: 70cm Depth: 65cm
Keywords: Solid, Fossilised, Relic, Poetic