natasha ratcliffe

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Peter Pan (2013) bronze 113x7mm
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Strange Humans Ignore Turds (2013) bronze 84x65 x3mm
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Find Some Air (2013) Bronze and enamel paint 81x79mm
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Octopus' Garden (2013) bronze 127x122x22mm
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Think (2013) bronze 65x58x11mm
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Hope (2009) bronze 124x5mm
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Hunger (2009) bronze 87x9mm
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At Your Fingertip (2006) bronze 39x9mm
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P.E.A.C.E Please Enlist All Communities on Earth (2011) bronze 84x5mm
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Air (2011) brass 189x100x6mm
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Fire (2011) brass 115x8mm
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Water (2011) brass 104x6mm
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Black Spot (2004) bronze 30x7mm
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King & Queen (2005) brass 105x7mm
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Do (2013) bronze 55x54x10mm
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A Prison of Things Unsaid (2011) bronze 73x4mm
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Blinded by Words (2011) bronze 51x8mm
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Bulgaria symposium (2009) brass 80x7mm
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Sleep (2013) bronze 49x45x14mm
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Money Money Money (2011) bronze 40x4mm
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The World Waits for no Man (2011) bronze 52x51x6mm
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Birds and Eyes (2009) brass 83x7mm
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Earth (2011) Brass 147x127x8mm
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What is a medal, if it is not fought for or awarded, worn upon ribbons or like badges with honour? Medals have long existed beyond this stereotype, as a realm for artistic expression, depicting not only portraits and events, but contemporary thought.

 

I make medals; I am as they call me, a medallist. I carve, model, sculpt, cast, strike and engrave. I do this because the form forces me to think a little harder, to have a little more attention to detail.

 

The constraints of the form are merely boundaries to push against. Conversations can be had between the two sides. The intimacy of the size encourages a physical engagement. The content is forced to condense, often resulting in tactile pieces, with ideas and concepts far larger than size might suggest. Contemporary art medals are often highly politicized and are reactions to events and feelings of the time.

 

Copyright 2014 Natasha Ratcliffe