Andy Caple creates sculpture based on nature’s decomposition of resistant materials. His work explores the shape, form, colours and textures produced with years of exposure to the elements. Andy contrasts metal’s rotting appearance with its polished and finished state, finely worked bases or other contrasting materials. Each piece of work can be appreciated from a distance as an overall form or close-up revealing colours and textures.
The process begins in the landscape. Pieces of iron, large and small, round and square, thin and thick, abandoned and long past the task for which they were created. They are lifted from the grass and mud of the fells and woods of the Lake District and taken home. Back at his workshop, Andy aims to arrest the process of decay. Found objects are dried, scrubbed and degreased. Then, when both he and the piece are ready, he uses tools, skill and judgement to give the item a new identity.
Andy Caple works from his studio in Ambleside, Lake District.