What inspires your art practice?
I am inspired by the love of ordinary objects we use and of the clothes we wear. it is about who we are. I am practical by nature and a realist by experience and
my sculptures create the illusion of reality through the carving process and the use of textures and sometimes colour. A new coat is a new coat, but a worn, weathered coat is a story of the one who lived in it and I try to capture this life in my sculptures.
What materials do you work in?
I work only in wood using predominantly NZ Swamp Kauri, mostly tens of thousands of years old. I also use other native timbers and exotics like Poplar. I feel privileged to use Kauri timber that is being reclaimed by nature and transform it into sculpture that can be appreciated for years to come.
Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
Seeing a row of seagulls all standing the same on a jetty railing inspired thoughts
of just being one of the crowd and the need for us all to stand up and take some responsibility for our place in the world. The concept; ‘don’t lose yourself in the anonymity of the crowd. Express yourself, dare to be different’. You can choose to ‘sit on the fence’ or you can empower yourself by speaking out. Lead by example and others will follow.
Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZSOS?
My sculptures are represented in my own gallery - Kevin McCardell Sculptor - situated at 514 Cambridge Road, Tauranga, which is also my workshop where I not only produce work for the gallery but also undertake commissions. My work is held in private collections both in NZ and around the world.
Where did you study?