17. Willow Lady
By Community Workshop led by Serena de la Hey
Serena is an innovator in the use of willow and her sculptural work encompasses a range of traditional and contemporary materials. Based in the Somerset Levels, she has worked all over the world on a range of projects. This figural sculpture was produced during a drop-in day workshop in June led by Serena and replaces an earlier Willow Lady.
In their own words ...
This figural sculpture was produced during a drop-in day workshop which I led in mid June and replaces a very popular earlier Willow Lady in the abbey’s orchard.
I was born in Africa and spent my her early years in Australia. I have lived on the Somerset Levels for over twenty five years, but have worked all over the world on a range of projects.
I like to mix traditional and contemporary materials and to use willow in unexpected art forms. My work is displayed in both public and private locations as diverse as Boscastle in Cornwall, the M5 Motorway in Somerset and the Black Rock in the Nevada Desert.
My work ranges from the figurative to the abstract, but retains an intrinsic sense of place. This is reflected in a strong identification with landscape, local materials, traditional working methods and the ways of life of local people. However I am always looking to extend the expected perceptions for the use of natural materials and the contexts in which they are shown. I am constantly experimenting and developing ideas for future projects.
As well as private commissions and public projects, I teach in schools and lecture in Environmental Art and Rural Crafts.