Bronze, epoxy resin gold leaf
H90 W50 D60 cm
Exhibiting at Sculpture at Doddington Hall and Gardens July 16 - 11 September 2022
Breathe presents aspects of psychological trauma and healing as a physical narrative. Exploring the fragility and resilience of the human condition through the violated materiality of the portrait.
Previously shown in the grounds of Hedingham Castle, Essex, alongside acclaimed sculptors Laurence Edwards and Maurice Blik. Beyond The Moment was curated by Adam Robinson
The culmination of her development as an artist is brought to life in Billie Bond’s exquisite Breathe. The rendering of true likeness in portraiture is a craft that she has perfected to the highest acclaim, but then what is more, creative destruction and repair is a daring and bold act of art through which she makes something altogether new of the most time-honoured traditions. Here a hybridisation of kintsugi ceramic technique and traditional bronze casting, via 3D printing, has born a completely unique work addressing psychological trauma intimately. In its making, her choices marry these methods with the utmost diligence: breakage and the inconsistent become marks of beauty and intricacy, whilst the natural warmth of the human bronze is shrouded in pigment, only to add to the sense of an emanation of inner light. Adam Robinson, curator Beyond The Moment Hedingham Castle