Aly is a master at producing pieces of fluid, dynamic plasticity which retain a relationship to the stone they are born from. ‘I love creating forms which partially emerge from the block of stone. They have life, yet they remain attached to their natural origin: almost embryonic. Looking for the inherent potential and colours in the stone, my female forms create a sensuality which appeals to both male and female collectors’.
Aly attended Heatherley’s Art School as a mature student fifteen years ago, having discovered her passion for stone carving she never looked back. Her semi-figurative pieces emerge gracefully from the stone as if unlocking the form within. Her flowing and organic forms transform our preconceived understanding of inflexible stone. She has the ability to make the stone appear to bend, flex and ripple, carved to such thinness and delicacy they glow with translucency. Each form seems to be frozen within the stillness of the stone and yet pulsating with life and vitality.
Aly’s approach to sculpting is deeply sensitive, each lump of stone is pondered and considered before gradually unlocking the form within. While they are static, inanimate objects, there lies within the possibility of form coming to life before our gaze.
Working from her studio in South London, Aly is a regular contributor to the country’s most important stone carving exhibition ‘On Form’ She has shown at the Sladmore Gallery and Lucy Campbell in London, and the Iona House Gallery in Woodstock. Her work is widely collected.