‘Utopian Realism’ is an exploration of rural utopianism, idealism and industrialism in the North East of England and Mid Wales by the artists Mair Hughes and Bridget Kennedy.

Friday, 9 March 2012

Poetic Mr Sopwith

I have also been busy in my studio, but the results aren't quite worthy of a photo just yet. Like to keep you in suspense......

I'm making a sculpture that will work with one of the beautiful Sopwith designed tables in the Mining Institute library.

As well as being up to my elbows in plaster, I have been looking back into my research notes and scrolling back through the blog.

I keep returning to his bit of writing from Richardson's biography of Thomas Sopwith.

Richardson writes that Sopwith once told him:

"that his mental life rested at first on three supports:

the mountain led him towards the skies and made him familiar with the stars;

the earth kept him from being too aspiring, and, in return made him familiar with the treasures of old which lie on her

and the mine took him under the earth, a still humbler sphere, to seek out knowledge in darkness, and the goods that are
held in secret."

I've always found literature a source of inspiration for my work and throughout this project Thomas Sopwith's diary's have provided much food for thought.

I have posted this quote before, way back at the beginning of the project, but it seems like a good time to ponder over it again.

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