Island II – The Isles of Scilly
Island II, III, IV is a series of hanging rope sculptures that were formed in response to visiting The Isles of Scilly in 2016.
Edward recorded the islands tidal changes on the Isles of Scilly by drawing and photographing the rocks that were seen at low tide, a foreboding place for ships. Edward is using the materials of traditional shipbuilding to connect the shipwrecks of the past to the landscape, by shaping the sculptures in the form of the island’s rocks.
The two overlapping circles encase the island; this acts as a frame for the sculpture and creates a spherical juxtaposition to the angular island hanging within. The natural materials on these sculptures relate to the islands inhabitants’ past and present. Due to the remoteness of the islands, natural materials would have been an incredibly important source for survival. The rope connects the piece to the islands maritime history and the patterns on the leather imitate the surface of the rocks found on the Isles of Scilly.