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Gestaltist Gestaltist


Item Code: SB-gestaltist-s
Driftwood, metal and plastic
Date of Work
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Wandering through the dictionary the other day, I chanced upon "Gestalt. An organized whole in which each individual part affects every other, the whole being more than the sum of its parts." Recalling a tray of disparate items in the studio, I fancied the idea of creating my "Gestaltist", and here he/she is.

Some years ago I found part of a bottle-nose dolphin jaw bone, which clearly showed where its teeth would have been. In due course a couple of broken hair-combs, one blue and one green, washed up, showing where their teeth would have been. I was reminded of the jaw bone. An item of hollow red plastic which displayed a fine eye detail obligingly accepted the comb handles, whilst the one remaining canine tooth impaled a fish float. A curvaceous driftwood body completed the character.
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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