Debbie Court

I’m fascinated by the human form and love the way papier mache can be sculpted to create the contours of muscles and bones. It’s amazing how the tiniest of marks in the papier mache can suggest a change of expression or pose and I’m constantly learning and striving for greater control of the medium.

I love getting a feeling of movement into my sculptures and a particular trademark of mine is to add extra details to add humour or to personalise it for a specific person. Sometimes this could be sculpting a version of a book they particularly like or a piece of jewellery they always wear or giving them an expression or stance that is recognisable to the viewer.

I show my work in exhibitions and galleries and I’m beginning to get more commissions which I love. Commissions are always a challenge and they encourage experimentation because you never know what you may be asked to do or how you’re going to do it. I’ve recently been asked to sculpt a conductor, an Oxbridge Don in full academic robes and even a football supporter wearing the West Ham strip! I’m careful when accepting commissions – I don’t take on anything if I don’t feel I can do a good job and, of course, the subject matter has to inspire and excite me. I only do one-offs – I would never want to make the same piece twice or do anything mass-produced

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