Arms Reaching, Smiling Sweetly  2016

Installation comprising large projection of video (11 minutes, silent; 1-minute preview above) and 7 clay sculptures displayed on makeshift plinths.

The work is based on the artist's attempts to sculpt from memory the hill overlooking the village of his childhood. The title is taken from the lyrics of the Curly Putnam song Green, Green Grass of Home, which became a number one hit for Tom Jones.

Installation view at Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Part of the Searching for the Welsh Landscape series of projects developed for a solo exhibition at Aberystwyth Arts Centre in 2016-17, supported through an Arts Council of Wales production grant. The clay models were produced during a Summer Lodge residency at Nottingham Trent University.

Installation view at Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Image: Chris Preece