Art & Design

November 27, 2015

Barbara Hepworth’s Living Sculptures

Sasa Stucin travelled to Cornwall to see the artist's monumental sculptures in the place where they were made

  • Written by Iona Goulder
  • Photography by Sasa Stucin

Photographer Sasa Stucin travelled to the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, where you can still weave between the bronze works that the sculptor herself laid in the garden, for Amuse. Like seeing an artist at work in their studio; being amongst the monumental sculptures in the place where they were made is a unique experience.

Barbara Hepworth moved to Treweyn Studio, on England’s rugged southwestern tip in Cornwall, with her husband, the artist Ben Nicholson, and young children in 1939 after the outbreak of war. After her death, Hepworth asked for her studio—which was also her home—and its contents to be turned into a museum, one that presents her work in the living context of Cornwall’s semi-tropical flora.

Today, wooden, bronze and stone sculptures, sketches and paintings are dotted around the sculpture park, studio and gardens. The home she described as “sort of magic” had provided Barbara with the abundance of air and light she needed – and she remained there until she died in 1975.

The light in Cornwall, which Barbara was always fascinated by, casts a wet grey glean to the polished bronze, and the lush green of the garden bring Barbara’s characteristically huge sculptures to life, like figures in the grass.

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