Angela Conner is one of Britain’s most prolific sculptors who, for over 40 years, has created Europe’s largest mobile sculptures as well as acclaimed portraits.
As a young self-taught artist who sculpted since childhood with whatever materials came her way, Conner developed her professional foundation working in Dame Barbara Hepworth’s celebrated Cornwall studio. Leaving before she turned twenty, Conner went on to develop her signature fascination with the movement in nature.
Working with whatever materials suit her idea, Conner’s mobile sculptures move with water, tip in the wind, play with gravity, light, and shadow. Mirroring natural forces, they seek to evoke in their viewer the feelings experienced in the increasingly rare moments when one slows down and engages with our surroundings.
Whilst vast in scale and impressive in material, Conner’s work is characterised by the contrasting simplicity of the mechanics she engineers specifically to realise the mobile aspects of each design.
Conner’s sculptures feature in public and private collections worldwide and she has exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal Academy of the Arts in London and was awarded an American Institute of Architects’ Honor Award for sculpture and co-design of Heinz Plaza, Pittsburgh USA. At 35 metres, her Irish Wave in Dublin is the tallest mobile sculpture in Europe.
In the introduction to the new iBook Angela Conner, Rachel Campbell Johnston, art critic for The Times, writes, ‘Nature isn’t limited to daffodils and blue tits,’ she [Conner] says. “It reaches into outer space. It is as vast and frightening as it is lovely or familiar; it is as awe-inspiring as it is extraordinarily beautiful.” It is this entranced awe that Conner’s sculptures can capture. “I often feel that we have lost our tie to the elements,” says Conner. She makes the sort of sculptures that help us to rebuild them again.’