Island IV – The Isles of Scilly
In 2016, Edward visited The Isles of Scilly and was inspired to create a series of hanging rope sculptures called Island II, III, and IV. He recorded the tidal changes of the islands by drawing and photographing the rocks seen at low tide – a treacherous area for ships. To connect the shipwrecks of the past to the landscape, Edward used traditional shipbuilding materials to shape the sculptures in the form of the island’s rocks. The sculptures are encased in two overlapping circles, creating a spherical juxtaposition to the angular island hanging within. The natural materials used in the sculptures relate to the island’s past and present inhabitants, who relied heavily on natural resources for survival due to the islands’ remoteness. The rope used in the sculptures reflects the islands’ maritime history, while the patterns on the leather imitate the surface of the rocks found on The Isles of Scilly.