Introducing Daniel Reid – Head of Sculpture at Eton College.
Dan has developed a visual language using scrap metal, discarded wood and wire. This way of working evolved from his degree course at Hereford where an open view on crafts and materials is encouraged. Dan works with a theme which progresses from one piece to the next. Keen on expressing speed and movement, the horse is a perfect model for many of Dan’s ideas. His rocking polo pony moves as a galloping horse when the wooden base is nudged.
On finding a subject that intrigues me, I will search for appropriate materials from my collection of found objects. Then I will bash and twist the materials into some kind of resemblance of my initial idea. I hope my work is quite wild and exciting, capturing energy and life.
– No expenses spared, what would you make?
If money were no object the obvious answer is I would like to make large scale horses and dogs that move in the wind. However if I had unlimited resources I would probably get distracted with more expensive processes that were open to me such as bronze casting and welding.
– What artists’ work do you admire?
Alexander Calder and Kurt Switters are two of my heroes using wire and bits of rubbish. I think both of these artists have influenced me and are important to me showing me it’s ok to use simple materials.
– Several of your latest works we have at Jam have a strong American cowboy/frontier theme. Where did the inspiration for that series come from?
I think a lot of the influences of my work come from a childhood in front of the TV watching westerns, Top of the Pops, films, the Olympics etc.
– Do you listen to music while you work?
When I am working I always like the radio on. I used to be a big radio 4 fan now I listen to radio 6. They play a really good mix of old and new.
– What is your current favourite piece of your own work?
I don’t have a current favourite piece of work it is always the next piece I am most excited about when I get an initial idea working out how to do it.