Zone 4 - High St Kensington
Holland Park, London, UK
As part of its Public Art Trail, KCAW20 presents THIS EARTH OF MAJESTY, THIS SEAT OF MARS by British artist Barnaby Barford.
At over 2 metres, the sculpture is a giant wizened apple sculpture; the apple is wrinkled, past its best, through decay – it is transforming.
This work was born from looking at those in power and at their unscrupulous desire for more. What effect does this have on us, on society, the country, and the planet? We are on the precipice of unrectifiable transformation.
The use of a line from John Gaunt’s famous speech in Shakespeare’s Richard II as the title is imbued with ironic nostalgia. Gaunt’s speech evokes an image of a majestic and beautiful England; yet, despite Gaunt’s praise, the speech gives way to something darker and less pleasant alluding that Richard has turned England into a fallen paradise.
Barnaby Barford produces work in a wide variety of materials. From monumental sculptures composed of thousands of individual ceramic pieces, to large-scale frenzied drawings, his pieces are united by a labour-intensive practice which utilises industrial production processes.