Simon Capelen

I work as a sculptor, preferring to work in wood. It is important to me that each piece has its own unique qualities and energies. My work is often inspired by natural forms, such as a broken shell, found on a beach, or a twisted seed pod seen on holiday. I usually “rough out” the basic shape using chainsaws and power tools, before moving on to hand carving with traditional tools. Almost all of my sculpture is designed to be tactile, and I often spend a lengthy period getting the surface finish that I consider is required. During manufacturing, it sometimes becomes necessary to alter the form, to take into account some unique aspect, or “fault”, in the timber; thus ensuring that each piece has its own individual voice. You have to be able to “listen” to the material to fully understand and work with it.