Anne Delaney is a recent graduate of the National Art School’s sculpture department. As a former journalist and filmmaker, well versed in analytical and academic thinking, Delaney loves the capacity for sculpture to engage and communicate in non-analytical ways. She works with a diverse range of materials including welded steel, bamboo, paper and clay to create elegant, organic, biomorphic, flowing and fragile forms.
Delaney’s works begin with either an idea about an object that intrigues her such as bones, exoskeletons, wind and marine life, or as a simple concept like ‘topple’ or ‘tumble’. From there she experiments with different materials to express her original idea, or watch it evolve into something she hadn’t originally conceived. The ceramic bone spiral series began with an idea about translating the form and shape of weathered bones. Made from a fine white stoneware clay, the sculpture’s invoke a series of familiarity without directly aiming to represent a bone. Most of the forms that Delaney creates have this ambiguity as it enables the viewer to interpret the works in different ways rather than be directed to see only one thing.
While Delaney loves working with clay and pushing the boundaries of what it is capable of doing, she is constantly working at the balance between something that is fragile and delicate, and yet structurally sound. Like bones weathered by wind and water over time, she sands and files the clay to create the desired look, while still maintaining the form’s handmade appeal. After this, they are fired to around 1070 degrees. The only works further worked upon are the black bones, which are painted with a matte acrylic paint.
Inspired by the beauty, fragility and strength in nature, Delaney is paying homage to the forms found in the environment. They pay tribute to natural beauty but also explore the divide between something which occurs naturally, and something that is human made; the space between the alien and otherworldly, the ancient and familiar.