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A snowball is simple, direct and familiar to most of us. I use this simplicity as a container for feelings and ideas that function on many levels.
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A stone is ingrained with geological and historical memories.
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A well-worn tool carries the memory of the person who used it and will have an archaeological feel as it rises to the surface.
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Abandoning the project was incredibly stressful after having gone through the process of building the room, installing the kiln, collecting the stones, sitting with the kiln day and night as it came to temperature, experiencing the failures.
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As with all my work, whether it's a leaf on a rock or ice on a rock, I'm trying to get beneath the surface appearance of things. Working the surface of a stone is an attempt to understand the internal energy of the stone.
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Breaking stone with a hammer is a familiar and acceptable way of working the material, but is in fact a more violent response than firing.
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Confrontation is something that I accept as part of the project though not its purpose.
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Even in winter an isolated patch of snow has a special quality.
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Fire is the origin of stone.By working the stone with heat, I am returning it to its source.
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I am not a performer but occasionally I deliberately work in a public context. Some sculptures need the movement of people around them to work.
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I check the kiln during the later stages every hour night and day. This is very draining, both physically and emotionally.
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I did tests on small stones before collecting and committing myself to the larger ones.
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I enjoy working in a quiet and subversive way.
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I have walked around the same streets so many times, and then seen a place that had been hidden to me. I now know the sites in a way that makes me think I could have made better use of the connections between place and snowball.
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I have worked with this red all over the world-in Japan, California, France, Britain, Australia-a vein running round the earth. It has taught me about the flow, energy and life that connects one place with another.
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I often find bits of metal, some of which were tools that worked the land, slowly disintegrating back into the ground.
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I soon realised that what had happened on a small scale cannot necessarily be repeated on a larger scale. The stones were so big that the amount of heat required was prohibitively expensive and wasteful.
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I use smooth, round, egg-shaped beach stones, which gives the violent energy a creative, less destructive dimension.
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I will make another video work for the exhibition - three to five screens with images of the snowballs melting.
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I'm cautious about using fire. It can become theatrical. I am interested in the heat, not the flames.
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Ideas must be put to the test. That's why we make things, otherwise they would be no more than ideas. There is often a huge difference between an idea and its realisation. I've had what I thought were great ideas that just didn't work.
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It takes between three and six hours to make each snowball, depending on snow quality. Wet snow is quick to work with but also quick to thaw, which can lead to a tense journey to the cold store.
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It's frightening and unnerving to watch a stone melt.
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My art is an attempt to reach beyond the surface appearance. I want to see growth in wood, time in stone, nature in a city, and I do not mean its parks but a deeper understanding that a city is nature too-the ground upon which it is built, the stone with which it is made.
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Not being able to touch is sometimes as interesting as being able to touch.
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Occasionally I have come across a last patch of snow on top of a mountain in late May or June. There's something very powerful about finding snow in summer.
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Once the fired stone is out of the kiln, it is still possible to mentally reconstruct it in its original form.
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People also leave presence in a place even when they are no longer there.
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People do not realise that many of my works are done in urban places. I was brought up on the edge of Leeds, five miles from the city centre-on one side were fields and on the other, the city.
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Photography is a way of putting distance between myself and the work which sometimes helps me to see more clearly what it is that I have made.
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Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood.
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Some of the snowballs have a kind of animal energy. Not just because of the materials inside them, but in the way that they appear caged, captured.
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Some snowballs contain seeds, which will be released in the melt in what could be seen as a hopeless attempt at growth in a built-up environment.
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Stones are checked every so often to see if any have split or at worst exploded. An explosion can leave debris in the elements so the firing has to be abandoned.
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The difference between a theatre with and without an audience is enormous. There is a palpable, critical energy created by the presence of the audience.
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The early firings contained many stones.
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The first snowball I froze was put in my mother's deep freeze when I was in my early 20s.
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The first stone was just tried in the spirit of experimentation. The opening of the stone was far more interesting than the drawing that I had done on it.
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The hardened mass of liquid stones had much stronger qualities than those which had simply torn. The skin remained a recognisable part of the molten stone.
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The reason why the stone is red is its iron content, which is also why our blood is red.
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The relationship between the public and the artist is complex and difficult to explain. There is a fine line between using this critical energy creatively and pandering to it.
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The stones are objects for contemplation: the more you look the more you become aware of the journey each stone has made.
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The stones tear like flesh, rather than breaking. Although what happens is violent, it is a violence that is in stone. A tear is more unnerving than a break.
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Three or four stones in one firing will all react differently. I try to achieve a balance between those that haven't progressed enough and those about to go too far.
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Winter makes a bridge between one year and another and, in this case, one century and the next.
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