After graduating in 1995 from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (University of Dundee), Ean moved in many directions acquiring numerous and varied creative and technical skills. In 2002 he set up his own product design company, creating and producing a wide variety of different commercial design products and concepts. In 2015 he returned to his original path of sculpture.
“As a sculptor I originally engaged with found animal skeletons that I combined with recycled metals, creating work to compliment the beauty of animals in both life and death. More recently I have been substituting real bones with metal frames/skeletons. However, the construction process remains identical, starting with the internal ‘engine-block’ of organs overlaid with muscle tissue connected with sinews and tendons which are re-created using mixed metal to reanimate the creature as if alive, adopting new combined identities through mechanised anthropomorphism. The contrasting metals and textures finds natural fluidity reflecting our modern world and its new integrated order.”
The outer skin connects and joins similarly to armour and that of Victorian iron built machines. I leave spy-holes and openings within the construction of the outer skin deliberately exposing the internal workings within each piece. The blending of organic and fabricated engineering symbolizes the symbioses between humans and animals, cooperating within constant changing environments for survival. The pieces are finished with ‘flying wires’ creating final linear semblance.
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