When I sculpt, I feel atoms and particles, the very essence of the material moving and assembling into order. In life I see these particles dancing and celebrating existence.
The building blocks of life are literally in my hands. Hard, rigid and seemingly unyielding sheets of metal, bent, folded, melted and formed into shape.
Like you, I am a product of millions of years of evolution, constructing and giving emotional values and labels to these particles.
Being able to recreate the incredible manifestations that life has evolved into is a most exciting feeling for me.
I have always had a fascination with animals and their environment, but this became heightened after living and working with communities in the Maasai Mara in Kenya and witnessing the fragility of it all. This inspires me to recreate endangered species. The painstaking detail is almost a kind of worship of the sheer beauty that abounds us.
Many of Piers’ pieces are born from personal experiences – riding through African plains alongside crested cranes, sitting in fields with barn owls silently gliding past, or diving with inquisitive turtles. His pieces inspire a personal interaction for the viewer on a deeper level, encouraging us to re-connect with our natural world.