Dream Container

2000
Nickel silver, Bronze
200 x 170 x 150 cm
Edition of 3

The hooded crow, one of nature’s most despised birds, is familiar to Dilworth, who lives on the Isle of Harris where they abound. Through time they have become dear to him and are the subject of this work. An articulated limpet shell inspired the outer form of the sculpture. As Dilworth began to build it, themes of protection, mother and child, birth and death became clearer. Placed protectively within the heart of Dream Container in a small sarcophagus—a time capsule—is the mummified body of a hooded crow, bound like a late Egyptian Pharaoh. The intricate web of the skeletal backbone and silver vertebrae inside the shell give further protection to the crow. Dilworth has often preferred to work in combinations of materials, as he finds that their similarities and differences can offer dynamic qualities. Dilworth used the commission from Cass Sculpture Foundation to develop his work in bronze and nickel silver, combining materials he had not previously combined in his work.

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About The Artist

Steve Dilworth cites the rugged, beautiful and extreme landscape of eastern Harris as one of the main inspirations for his work. It is the energy and presence of these landscapes which Dilworth finds most stimulating and inspirational. He will often incorporate objects found on the Isle of Harris, that were once living, into his sculptures and in this sense his work resonates with an historical energy. The solid remains of animals and birds are often enclosed in his sculptures, like the heart in a living body or the engine in a static vehicle, they empower the sculpture in both conceptual and symbolic ways. Dilworth's work's are both open and closed and exposes the internal and external facades of the work simultaneously. Many of Dilworth's sculptures are also containers, holding other elements which are sometimes visible and sometimes not. There is a ritualistic and shamanistic element to his work, observable in its construction, which he understands as a cathartic, working through of a problem; "I want to retrieve that moment of understanding, not by describing, but by making. Of course I'll fail, but in the chemistry of making another moment will appear. These objects are drawn from an internal landscape, of shifting sands. Connections are constantly being discovered". This spiritual element is smashed together with more clinical, modernist aesthetic, culminating in original works that resonate with different historical tropes and worldly influences.

Steve Dilworth

Born: 1949

Other Artworks by Steve Dilworth at CASS

2006

Claw

Claw is a sculpture of extremes; the cool, glassy surface suggestive of calm and beauty, whilst the dark colours and sub…

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Venus Stone

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