Watermark Gallery is delighted to be able to include contemporary sculpture as part of our permanent collection. Jennifer Tetlow specialises in a range of hand-carved stone sculpture and metal sculptor Ian Turnock creates statement pieces, laser-cut in weathered or stainless steel, perfect either wall mounted or as garden art.
Jennifer Tetlow is a professional stone sculptor who works from her studio in Lastingham, near Pickering on the edge of the North York Moors.
Completely self taught, Jennifer was initially introduced to stone sculpture when she met some quarrymen working nearby. She fell in love with the sound of the hammer and chisel on stone, the rhythm of their working and the sheer skill of their craft. This resulted in her buying a set of tools and starting her own love affair with carving and stone.
Although very much an original artist at work, Jennifer cites being inspired by well known British sculptor, David Nash RA. She says “His words ‘Whatever the material, speak it’ has a particular resonance with me as I do believe artists are inherently drawn to the material of their nature. I also like his connection to the environment, its elements and his idea of ‘tenderness’ in an artist’s work”.
Jennifer’s bespoke collection for Watermark Gallery includes a range of succulent pots, planters and vases as well as her trademark quails and birds – all hand carved in Tetlow’s native Yorkstone. A love of wildlife and the natural world is very much at the heart of Jennifer’s work, along with a clear desire to capture the idiosyncracies of each creature in its simplest form.
My sculpture is inspired by pattern, structure and symmetry in nature. One of my main sources of inspiration are the silhouettes formed against the sky by trees at different times of the year. The spaces between the branches and leaves are just as important, an aesthetic concept known in Japanese culture as ‘Ma’ which is akin to the silences between the notes in music. Often it is the empty spaces and gaps and their relationship to the tree I am looking for just as much as the leaves and branches themselves.
These spaces are an invisible energy that give shape to the whole.
The influential graphic designer, Alan Fletcher, referring to Ma in his book The Art of Looking Sideways says:
“Space is substance. Cézanne painted and modelled space. Giacometti sculpted by “taking the fat off space”. Mallarmé conceived poems with absences as well as words. Ralph Richardson asserted that acting lay in pauses… Isaac Stern described music as “that little bit between each note – silences which give the form”
My background in graphic design influences my exploration of form and line. Drawings and photographs are the starting point from which I develop organic, abstract and figurative sculpture. I create intricate drawings from which the final artwork is digitally cut into stainless steel, corten weathering steel, aluminium, copper and plywood, transforming the drawn line into a tangible object.