Another look at Jon Foreman – Sculpting the World
I first met Jon Foreman in early 2019. Remember that? When we were allowed out and no one had a problem finding toilet paper in the shops? Ah, those were the days.
Well, we have followed Jon on Facebook ever since. The beauty and skill of his work, along with the impermanent nature of land art is very compelling.
Jon grew up in Pembrokeshire from the age of seven and studied art in Milford Haven, going on to a BA design degree. He told us then that he rarely stops making things and the more he does, the more the ideas flow.
But Jon’s art isn’t typical. “Typical sculpture takes up space and remains long after the artist has completed it,” he said. “ I work mainly with materials I find in the natural environment. I very rarely take them from their natural place. I am out, hearing the sea, feeling the breeze and seeing the light change through the day. My work is part of the landscape and, like the landscape, it disappears over time.”
That’s what Jon loves. “I particularly like seeing the sea, halfway over a drawing in the sand. Being out in nature using what I find is so different from being in a studio. It’s part of the process. The work evolves and decays. I have a digital record of the process, but I don’t have to store a finished piece.”
“Also a brilliant thing about land art is it costs nothing. No money is spent on materials. No paint, no paper, no pens or pencils. Just you and nature. The best kind of collaboration.”
Jon’s other collaboration is with the lovely Brioney. You will find her also on Jon’s Facebook page.
Check in at Jon’s Facebook page or go to https://sculpttheworld.smugmug.com/
to find out what he is up to or arrange to buy prints.
Jon also takes commissions.
Meanwhile, The Tanyard (a youth project based in Pembroke which does sterling work with young people) is offering online support and activities for young people while in lockdown, and it has kindly agreed to us reposting some of its activities, including some tutorials from Jon himself. Many thanks, Tanyard
+ Look out in in the magazine for how to create your own Jon Foreman-inspired work of art in lockdown