Duncan Mackay

United Kingdom

Sculpture, Wood on Stone

Size: 4 W x 3 H x 3 D in

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About The Artwork

UN-NATURALENGLAND (FAT MINKE): one of my series of marine biomimicry pieces. This heavy natural ironstone work made me think of a minke whale that I once saw leap in the wake of the Scillonian ferry en route to the Isles of Scilly. It is mutely mounted on a punked up ‘daiza’, as Japanese suiseki art followers would refer to it. Instead of traditional carved rosewood mine is painted papier-mâché impregnated with plastic fibres from washed up oceanic debris; but it has a story to tell. I am making a fusion between the Western dumping of plastic detritus on the poorest nations of the East and the health of all life joined by just one great common, the ocean. The fibres I found on my beach foraging on the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty may not be the plastic recycling rubbish we dump elsewhere but they are an entwining metaphor for bad deeds and an attitude of mind. Boxed, numbered, stamped, signed and scrolled.

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Sculpture:Wood on Stone

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:4 W x 3 H x 3 D in

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Emergent artist from a scientific zygote. A previously successful writer (author of six non-fiction books). I find artistic beauty in small things but also take joy in the meaningfulness of the bigger picture. I forage. I beach-comb. I repurpose. I like the quirky and unpredictable mysteries of making found art from nature’s sculptural gifts. I also feel the urge to punk it up. It’s all beautifully complex. Being an ecologist, I know a good niche when I see one. Being a geologist, I can tell you a story in stone. Being a beachologist I scour the sands to remove the sea-spat plastics of a vengeful ocean and create objects of redemptive beauty. I fuse them to write a new story for our blue planet, our generation and for our ancestors to come. Buy one and save a whale, possibly. For art investors I’m starting out with introductory offer prices in recognition that my work is unknown but worth a punt as I develop the brand. I have a pipeline pumped up with new ideas. For interior designers I am ready to fill your client niches with surprise and delight at a profitable bargain price. For collectors, if you like it, get some in because each piece is irreplaceably unique and when it’s gone it is gone; but you also get a piece of me, a constantly renewable friend for life. Biog I am: a Fellow of the Landscape Institute; Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar; lapsed Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; Trustee of the Centre for Sustainable Healrhcare; Elected member of the Council of the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty; co-opted member of the Council of the Canal and River Trust; advisor to the Land Trust; associate of the Quality of Life Foundation; and, a former Commodore of Henley Sailing Club. Winner of the Henry Ford European Conservation Award for Heritage; winner of the Guardian-Digital prize for charities; winner of the UnLtd Award for Social Entrepreneurs. The author of ‘The Secret Thames’; ‘Apples, Berkshire, Cider’; ‘Eat Wild’; ‘Bizarre Berkshire’; ‘Reading, the place of the people of the Red One’; and, ‘Whispers of Better Things’. I have: a lovely wife; two wonderful children; one new granddaughter; created the Institute of Beachology; cycled the route of the longest straight line in Britain from the Isle of Wight to Cape Wrath on a folding bicycle to promote the cause of SLOW; a cider press; a coracle; and a small collection of dinosaur bones.

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