SARAH RICHARDS’ BRONZE SCULPTURES INSPIRED BY MOTHER NATURE
Renowned sculptor Sarah Richards shares the inspiration and design process of her metal works.
Durban-born Sarah Richards has been creating bronze sculptures for over 25 years. With an upbringing that saw her moving around South Africa she has a fascination with the detailed way that the world is constructed, so immerses herself into the natural world to discover new ideas for her art form.
Known for her versatility for creating everything from animal and bird sculptures, to coffee tables and even monumental statues, Sarah’s process begins organically in the forest. This early stage of modelling for her is an exciting time of discovery inspired by the textures, colours and layers of Mother Nature.
Equipped with the inspiration she has gathered from the beauty of her natural surroundings, Sarah returns home to her studio with her materials and imagination and begins the next stage in her creative process of making her metral structures before they eventually go off to a foundry for casting.
All of which is a fascinating, albeit a lengthy process, that takes on a journey of its own. One that in Sarah’s instance highlights the dichotomy between a yearning to belong to nature and an awareness of our separation from it. A human truth that relates deeply to those who admire her creations.