Chris makes sculptures of beasts and birds in order to understand them better, their physiognomy and behaviour. Time spent watching animals gives an understanding of their framework and architecture as well as how they interact with each other. The more a subject is studied and the details come into focus, the more interesting it becomes. Just as drawing with a pencil is a way of synthesising and focussing one's observations, wire sculpture is drawing in three dimensions. A strand of wire is like the line which leads the eye on a journey round the subject, providing a visual rhythm via the inter-woven curves and circles.
Chris uses new and reclaimed materials, off-cuts from industrial products and donations of strange bits and pieces people find in their garage or in the garden; rust is welcome. Oddities and the randomness add an extra dimemsion.