From objects of an intimate, hand-held scale to monumental works in the landscape, Steve Dilworth’s use of found and once living materials has been breaking new ground since the late 1970s. Based on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides, his work begins with the spark of raw material, often held inside outer forms of wood, stone, bone and bronze. Crafted from the inside out, his distinctive work connects powerfully with the natural world and collective unconscious.
‘All things contain energy. It is self-evident, and by changing their shape or position you can alter the energy or strengthen it. You end up making power objects and that is ultimately what sculpture is for me. It is not primarily visual art.’
‘What you’re trying to do is make three dimensional poetry by weaving these elements, by changing the form and the density, you try to create an object that is stronger and more powerful than the space it occupies.’
Steve Dilworth was born in Yorkshire (1949) and studied sculpture at Maidstone College of Art. He is represented in public and private collections in the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA, including the Cass Sculpture Foundation, Aberdeen University, The Ferens Art Gallery, Yorkshire, Marchmont House, Berwickshire and the Richard Harris Collection, Chicago.