Billie Bond MRSS
'For me, the rendering of realism is a craft,
the art begins when I destroy it'
An endless pursuit for equilibrium and compulsive enquiry of matter fuels my creativity, often using a material’s history or experience to lead an investigation.
My work is concerned with identity and a personal obsession of revealing the concealed, exposing the discarded and the overlooked, repairing the broken – exploring ideas of duality.
I try to translate an inner being through a disrupted surface, creating new and different visual conversations.
Processes of destruction and repair investigate aspects of trauma and healing, rejuvenation and change.
From figurative realism to material led abstraction I am discovering ways of paralleling the process of making with altered states and adapted minds in a quest to explore what it is to be human.
Inside Out represents a path of self-criticism; where I have lain bare a fragility and resilience for all to see, seeking to challenge the traditional Academic establishment’s hierarchy of art principles and aesthetics of portrait sculpture.
Perfect Imperfection - The Art of Healing explores the fragility and resilience of the human condition through the violated materiality of the sculpted portrait.
Migrant Material - Connecting Matter With Being A Close examination of exhumed sub terrain material led to questions of our relationship with and connections to the earth and its contents; its changing climates and shifting terrain.