BY EMMA CLEAR AND LUCY KENWARD
Corridor Gallery is privileged to introduce ‘Blood & Bone’, an incredible solo exhibition by the supremely talented, award winning Brighton based Sculptor, Eve Shepherd. ‘Blood & Bone’ promises to be a mesmerising show exploring figurative forms through the fragility of porcelain created by the masterful hand of Eve Shepherd.
Eve Shepherd’s work explores the concept of femininity, shaped and inspired by her own experiences as an artist and mother. For the first time in her working practice, Shepherd focuses on this encompassing theme, capturing fragility and fortitude through the female archetypes of maiden, mother and crone. ‘Blood & Bone’ creates a setting for Eve Shepherd’s sculpture to tell the story of ancient women. The exhibition captures the strength and power of strong women from the primordial ancestry of our beginnings to the complex and intricate femininity of modern day.
‘Blood & Bone’ showcases porcelain sculpture that appears to grow from the ground itself. The rough, gnarled clay is transformed by Eve Shepherd. Each figurative sculpture evokes a haunting, ethereal quality while remaining both fleshy and visceral.
These new porcelain sculptures are particularly significant to Eve Shepherd. The physical connection involved in creating each piece resonates throughout the exhibition. The complex layering of clay in each piece reflects the artist’s intended expression – the passage of time and growth in nature; much like the rings on a tree.
The material is of great importance to the themes and ideas addressed in ‘Blood & Bone’. The clay Eve Shepherd so expertly manipulates, is made from the earth; a natural combination of bone fragments and minerals. This marks our connection to ancestry and our physical bodies. The choice of material is poignant, inviting the contemplation of ancient knowledge, a reminder of mortality and the swiftness of our own passage of time. The porcelain clay reinforces the concepts of Eve Shepherd’s ‘Blood and Bone’; creation, womanhood, ancestry, life and death.
Eve Shepherd’s working practice embodies the lineage of Fine Art. Her work explores contemporary themes through the precision and artistry of traditional sculpture techniques. Eve Shepherd has spent over twenty years exploring her craft and creating new techniques that are unique to her practice. At the age of just seventeen, Eve Shepherd was working under the apprenticeship and tutelage of the established artist Anthony Bennett. By her early twentiess she was given the responsibility of heading sculpture teams globally, working in countries from Croatia to Egypt, and Israel to Singapore.
Eve Shepherd has enjoyed recognition from the prestigious Society of Portrait Sculptors and The Royal British Society of Sculptors. Having gained much success in her career with several high-profile commissions (including a life-size portrait of Stephen Hawking) her work has rightly garnered many awards. Eve Shepherd continues to work in the South East, exhibiting regularly in galleries throughout the UK. Corridor Gallery is both humbled and awestruck to be included within Eve’s prestigious CV!
‘Blood & Bone’ runs from 3rd November to 4th December at Corridor Gallery in Brighton. The exhibition is free to view. You can find out more about Corridor Gallery on their website.