On first observing the exquisite sculptures by Louise Plant, it is easy to become captivated with their flawless surface and impeccable accuracy of form. However, on closer observation, it quickly becomes apparent that the complexity of her sculptures and the meticulous mathematical knowledge required to create such an impression of seemingly effortless beauty is indeed profound.
It is apparent in all of Louise’s work that the driving influence has originated from movement in the natural world; the organic balance and symmetry is undeniable. In recent work, such as ‘mi mi’ and ‘Lanhydrock’ the inspiration has concentrated on fluidity. These pieces are a direct result of an in-depth analysis of the movement of the spaces in water. Louise has been guided in her research by investigative underwater photographs to capture the underlying equilibrium as the water moves, as well as the idiosyncrasies in nature.
The culmination of her studies into the movement of water, alongside her obvious technical ability to manipulate impossibly hard materials such as limestone or marble result in sculptures that perfectly combine these two opposing aspects.
IN FAULTLESSLY CARVED STRUCTURES WITH IMPECCABLY SMOOTH SURFACES, LOUISE SUCCEEDS IN THE INCONCEIVABLE; TO MAKE STONE ACT LIKE WATER.
However, it is discernable that Louise can competently turn her hand to a wide range of materials from Corten Steel and Bronze to highly specialist marbles such as the purest white of the Statuario Carrara Marble. It is also notable that following her Scholarship at Fondazione Sem, she now has unique access to the best quarries in Italy.
Ultimately, Louise’s sculpture compels us to press pause on modern busy life, and enjoy a moment contemplating the splendor of the world, captured in art, by this remarkable artist.
Louise Plant completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Arts Practice at the University of Derby in 2003. From 2006-8 she was a mentee of Helaine Blumenfield, OBE. In 2007, she was awarded the Brian Mercer Scholarship at Fondazione Sem, Pietrasanta, Italy. She holds an impressive Exhibiting history and has won numerous awards including Arts Council ‘Year of the Artist’ Award in 2000 and The Bohuslans Stone Scholarship, Sweden in 2014. Her work is held in many private collections and public commissions throughout England. In 2014 she became an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors (FRSS).