Richie Knight lives in Tauranga and over the last 3 years his sculptures have been one of his sources of income. He has worked and travelled all over the world for the last 25 years, working in golf and landscape design. He has a massive passion for art and the shape of things.
“I like to try to find moments in life that we all see in our day to day living. I have seen so many things in my travels, of life, love and disaster. I try to find things that will make us stop and think and look in wonder at the still shape of something and perhaps it will put a smile on your face or make you think of that form or moment in time.”
His work is an examination of the different forms this shield takes, and the thinking that lies behind it. He uses domestic objects as the common denominators of our personal environment. Altering them is a way of questioning the attitudes, fears and unwritten rules which have formed that environment and our behaviour within it.”
Looking past the obvious, close observation and engagement of the subject is Richie’s process. The challenge is to see beyond the distraction of the conspicuous to capture its unique self. “Some of my subjects are quite beautiful, others less so. My goal is to inspire those who see my work to look more carefully at the world around them, to discover beauty in unusual places.” This sense of order, in whatever form it takes, acts as a shield against the unpredictability and lurking chaos of the outside world.
The process of making each piece takes about 6 weeks which includes taking photos of positions, getting a size that suits a form for the size of the moulds and then several “remoulds” to get the shapes. There are approximately 6 steps where each mould is replaced by another in a different material until the Aluminium is poured into final mould known as a (cast). Once cooled, the outside surface is ground to get the over-all finished shape and then sand blasted to create the different tones of dark and light .
Richie Knight has a few high profile NZ clients.
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