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Ode to Joy

Item Code: SB-odetojoy-s
Driftwood and textile
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Base price $1,093
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Only the second figure I have made (‘Keeping Fat’, 2012 Exhibition, was the first).

The exuberant legs kick-started this composition: puzzling how best to use them, I recalled school-day athletics. I’d excelled at cross-country, and suddenly saw this little bloke hurdling some obstacle, deliriously happy having escaped his classroom prison.

A cheese-shaped wedge of driftwood offered appropriate presentation. A nugget of a body, rounded by pebbledash, provided just the right scale to set off two swinging arms and support a head of great personality, a bit like his brother, ‘Sea Gipsy’.

Finding the two legs as one piece was a true gift. A further four items, in scale, were then required. One can understand why such constructions are rare. I’m not sure what or where his hat came from; perhaps a tiny remnant of dishcloth? It’s very loose-weave.
Sid Burnard portraitSid Burnard was born in Brighton in 1948. Introduced to the art of beachcombing by his Romany grandmother, Sid learnt to appreciate the beauty of nature from an early age. His time at Bristol Guild of Applied Arts gave him a profound understanding of visual arts and crafts and allowed him to put his personal vision into practice.

He is now based in Borth near Aberystwyth in Wales, where the flotsam and jetsam from the nearby sea is his only source of materials. Working with found objects, nothing is changed - simply introduced to one another. His driftwood pieces, usually birds, boats or mythical beasts, are full of his passion, integrity and wonderful humour.
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