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Edward Willis has a degree in philosophy from Bristol University. He began making simple mobiles as nursery decorations following the birth of his first son in 1997, but became interested in the more sophisticated sculptural possibilities of the form after seeing the work of Alexander Calder.
Edward draws inspiration from animal and plant forms. The work is often suggestive of skeletal structures, usually in the abstract, though sometimes more clearly resembling particular plants or creatures. The sculptures can be thought of as "suspended animations" lying at rest, waiting for a passing breeze to breathe life into them. They also have a sense of harmony, rhythm and progression which, reflect Edwards interest in music.
The sculptures are intended to be enjoyed both as elegant, striking forms and as objects for contemplation and meditation. The viewer is invited to consider the way in which the various parts of the work are placed in opposition to one another in a series of weights and counterweights. Whilst each sculpture outwardly expresses a settled tranquility, it actually relies for its existence on the internal tensions resulting from the pull of each part against every other. Thus, the whole is comprised of individual elements that work in collaboration to produce a system or structure in a kind of "dynamic equilibrium".