My name is Gordon BaddeleyMost of my life I have been a poet and a writer. In the last two decades I have also become a sculptor in wood.
My writing tries to focus on a single, dominant issue, using narrative almost as a parable or fable to invite the reader to think afresh about its implications, as well as, I hope, engaging them in an enjoyable experience.
My sculptures try to capture the patterns and forms taken up by old wood as it weathers and rots over time. I respect the natural form, whilst developing the lines and textures to reveal something which has grace and interest.
The idea of giving a new incarnation to old wood is very appealing to me. The piece begins as a total abstraction and, though some remain that way, sometimes the shapes, consciously or intuitively, begin to develop human or animal characteristics. Essentially, though, each piece is unique, having a morphology which is evolved as a contract between me and the wood itself.