Nathan Henton is an artist based in Cornwall. His focus is on the exploration of shape, form and void within architectural space, as well as the haptic phenomenological viewing experience of sculpture. His practice branches off into other disciplines such as collage and audio-visual works in order to further his investigations and research; thinking of them as alternative compositions of “sculptural shapes”.
His recent sculpture series The Black Water was an opportunity to further his investigation into shape and form whilst also using the action of carving as a cathartic and reflective process. A series of sculptures made in opposition to the previous years work, facing away from direct carving and its curved forms and instead leaning into restriction of shape, limiting himself only to straight lines and angular voids. Realising the necessity of physical action in the process of cauterising the wounds from the previous years voyage at sea aboard the lugger Ibis (FY 519).
Currently, Nathan is working on a new series of works yet to be titled. Visually it will be within the same strain of sculptural language and is furthering the investigation into shape, space, form & void whilst also connecting further to his intrigue in materiality, craft and the cathartic process of hand carving, conceptually ruminating on the oxymoronic idea of being Precisely Cluttered and getting back to himself through making.
Photo courtesy of John Hersey, 2022
I want to extend myself, expend myself, into the seemingly inanimate.
I want to create haptic ‘ritournellising’ shapes and voids within space.
2017 - 2021
BA (Hons) Fine Art, Falmouth School of Art, Falmouth University
A Sense of Place, Gallery 9, Tate St Ives
Making Landfall, Portmanteau Gallery, Bridport
BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree Show, Falmouth School of Art, Falmouth
NOVA, The Poly, Falmouth
JINX, Bahama Mamas, Falmouth
Praxis, The Gallery | IOP, Penryn Campus, Penryn
A Space Within, The Gallery | IOP, Penryn Campus, Penryn