7. Wild Cotswold Road
By Iain Cotton
Bath Stone and earth pigments
Iain studied sculpture at Bath Academy of Art. He is interested in roads, paths, journeys and human marks in the landscape. His sculptures often reflect a poetic journey, as in the case of this work based on a winding Gloucestershire road. He is interested in the connection made through the act of carving between the body and the landscape in its most elemental form.
In their own words ...
This sculpture is based on a winding road in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, and represents my current preoccupation with roads, paths, journeys and human marks in the landscape. I am interested in the connection made through the act of carving between the body and the landscape in its most elemental form. Stones become landscape, while roads, paths and rivers become rich metaphors for our human journeying. The cadences of cycling and walking find an echo in the rhythms of carving. The experience of traversing a landscape finds its expression in the drawing of a line across a stone. These stone carvings are born from my own journeys in the world.
I specialise in hand carved lettering, stone carving and sculpture, working from my studio near Bath. I make headstones, cremation tablets, house signs, gifts and garden sculptures to commission. I have made work for the National Trust and the Art and Memory Collection at Arnos Vale Cemetery in Bristol. I have work in private collections in America, Japan and the UK. I design and carve my own letters by hand, because I want them to be human, full of life, and distinctive rather than mass produced.