Art in the field
The Field|September 2020
Art in the field
Theodore Gillick used lockdown to build his own foundry, providing him with new opportunities, as he explains to Janet Menzies
Janet Menzies

AT a time when hysterical mass media has written off life as we knew it, sculptor Theodore Gillick is calm. “The future is going to happen anyway,” he comments, “but how am I going to march into it?” Having spent lockdown building his own foundry because his regular bronze works had shut, Gillick is now equipped to forge ahead. “That changes everything in terms of what we can make. So at the moment I am exploring it. I can do so much more with finishes, so I am going to reapproach a lot of my subject matter. This year has definitely gone sideways but now I am building a series of new work. All the same, it has taken a while to get to this point.”

Along with the physical means to express his vision, an artist needs to have the right mindset. He must have the positivity and mental strength to go on working and creating no matter how discouraging the external circumstances.

Gillick comes from a clan of creative talents. His parents represented Britain at the Venice Biennale art festival; his brother, James, has already featured in The Field. Gillick jokes: “I ended up working in the one area my father didn’t. Although he worked in a number of different media he never did bronze work.”


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September 2020