How did the idea of Sculptorvox come to life?
During my time as a sculptor I searched for reading material that would feed my curiousity. At the time there was nothing in the UK that appealed to me so I subscribed to a magazine produced by the International Sculpture Center in the US. It’s a great magazine but not really in line with the sort of work, processes and ideas that I felt should or could be in a publication about sculpture. It wasn’t so much the practical processes, although they are important and of interest, but more the thought processes and creative nourishment that sit at the centre of each artistic practice that interested me. I was also curious about what other artists go through to develop their career and practice. A lot of art publishing is either about art celebrity or is academic. Neither really addresses the elements involved in the creative cycle in an accessible but thoughtful way. I thought that something should fill that void, something I would want to read. It wasn’t until a number of years later that I decided to embark on making the publication.
In the beginning I created a website and started interviewing sculptors from all over the world, transcribing, editing and putting these interviews online with images of the work and portraits of the artists. An element of that has remained in the print publication. After creating about 15 long-form interviews I felt that this type of material deserved a better, more considered platform. The web provides a transient interaction with the material. I wanted to reflect the longevity of commitment that artists invest in their practices and create something collectable, desirable, beautiful and thoughtful, that would last. That’s when I decided that a print format was the right platform.
Realising I had a huge amount of work to do to get Sculptrovox print ready, I approached Matt Gill, a senior lecturer in visual communications for fashion, and he jumped at the chance to help with the design of the publication. He had already produced his own publication, Metazine, as well as setting up Raw Print events to showcase independent magazine makers. Matt has become a pivotal part of Sculptorvox, guiding the overall aesthetic.