Mandorla (abstract figurative sculpture) by sculptor Ian Campbell-Briggs


(Figurative and Abstract Sculpture)

This sculpture is formally related to Fallen IV, Vortex IV and Liminal Space. It draws from the constructed planar wing form of Fallen IV, but two are brought together vertically making a Vesica Piscis or Mandorla shape. The wing forms are made of welded steel rod. They twist around each other forming a type of conical volute supported by a sphere at the base. In the negative or liminal space between the wings is a fired figure modelled in terracotta. This figure, from the articulation appears to be walking through this space. Due to the construction of the wing form the view of the figure is not obscured. In anthropology, liminality is the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs in the middle stage of a ritual. During a ritual’s liminal stage, participants stand at the threshold between a previous identity, time, or community and a new way. The sculpture was exhibited at the Bristol Gallery.

Terracotta, Iron Resin & Steel.

H 90, W 26, D 22cm.

Royal Society of Sculptors