Sunday, 27 January 2008

See Emily play

Kew Gardens 2003

Emily Young is considered to be one of the foremost sculptors
in Britain today. Born in London in 1951 to a family of artists and writers. Her grandmother, sculptor Kathleen Scott (nee Bruce) was a pupil of Auguste Rodin and widow of the famous Antarctic explorer Capt. Robert Falcon Scott. The widowed Mrs. Young subsequently married Emily's paternal grandfather, the politician and writer Edward Hilton Young, 1st Baron Kennet. Her father Wayland Hilton Young, 2nd Baron Kennet was also a politician and writer. Her uncle was the famous ornithologist, conservationist and painter, Sir Peter Scott.

Young achieved a certain immortality in 1971 as the inspiration behind the song See Emily Play written by the elusive genius Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd. Though originally a painter she began to work exclusively in stone, owing to its timeless quality, in the 1980s, and has since produced breathtaking sculptures of luminous intensity and great beauty.

"I am doing Nature’s bidding. I am a part of Nature, and I am a manifestation in human form of her creativity; me carving stone is one of the infinite ways nature expresses itself. I am compelled by everything that I have ever experienced, or was born from, or know about, to do this, here, now..." Emily Young

The cover of Young's book,
Time in the Stone: A Light Touch and a Long View

Lion Woman, 1999 Chatsworth

Lunar Disc I, 2005 Salisbury Cathedral

Disc 2006, On Form

Now playing: The Beauty Room - Soul Horizon
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Cote de Texas said...

What are those orbs made out of marble? the orange one is stunning.

the House of Beauty and Culture said...

I think that one is Solar Disc II in chalcedony.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

The "On Form" disc is extraordinarily beautiful.

the House of Beauty and Culture said...

AL - and magical with the light coming from behind.

Calie Anderson, C.I.D. said...

Ooh the disc on form is quite beautiful. I love the way the light glows though it.

the House of Beauty and Culture said...

Hello Calie - there is something primeval about them - the scale is large, 1.7m, but not over whelming.

Pigtown-Design said...

These are spectacular... I would love to see them in their current settings. It's also intersting how the light affects them.

the House of Beauty and Culture said...

Fairfax- she also did the heads at St Paul's, in the courtyard, you might have seen them.