Emma Maiden’s work focuses on themes of birds and dreaming heads. She draws her inspiration from ancient civilisation, studying and drawing ancient artefacts in museums brings her close to their anonymous makers and the rhythms of form and line used to create these timeless works. Her work is hand carved – form and surface evolving together – creating an intimate relationship with the stone. Her favourite materials are British limestones that can be sourced locally – Portland, Clipsham, Ancaster, Hopton Wood – their gentle colours and hidden shells and fossils connecting them strongly to their geographical and geological roots.
An MA in ceramics followed by stonemasonry training in Bath led Emma into sculpture , and for the past twenty years she has been exhibiting and selling her sculpture in stone and bronze, most recently at the Fine Art Society, London, and Brian Sinfield Gallery, Burford.
‘My favourite sources of inspiration are museums and ethnographic collections in the UK and around the world. Objects from distant cultures and centuries fill my sketchbooks and become an invaluable reservoir of forms. I feel my way towards a new sculpture by drawing and redrawing until the form feels “right”, and I often carve hand-held blocks of hardened clay to see how it will look in the round.