Bob Spriggs is our featured Artist of the Month

Written by Forge

On July 1, 2019

How would you describe your current practice (e.g. materials, techniques, themes, key questions, approach)

My work uses science as a medium from which to create art. My work isn’t about science. it’s made using science as material. There are two strands to my practice, large sculptural pieces for exhibition and smaller, geometric reliefs for sale to people who don’t have 50 cubic metres for an installation!

Community, a kinetic array of 100 magnetic pendulums

What are you working on at the moment (forthcoming exhibitions, events, workshops etc)

I am applying for funding and exhibition opportunities in the UK and internationally. My latest applications have included a central reference to the environment, featuring lots of plastic waste in a magnetically-driven sea.

What are your plans for the coming year

Continue to apply for opportunities to show my work and funding to extend my practice.

What is the question you get asked most about your work and how do you answer it 

How do you make such large work in a small studio?

What or who inspired you to be an artist and why

I’ve always been creative and think best with a pencil in my hand. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2013, the silver lining of which was I was able to move from a career as a teacher to work on my art full-time.

Fibonacci’s corners turned, detail of relief

Which artist do you most admire and why

Elizabeth Jameson, an American artist with MS. She creates fabulous work from the MRI scans of her brain. Admire her drive and she is personal inspiration.

How has your relationship with Digswell Arts Trust strengthened your practice as an artist

Digswell Arts Trust have provided me with the space to develop my work and the opportunity to be part of a talented and supportive community of artists working at the Forge. Sharing ideas, listening to stories of success and frustration over a coffee is a very valuable part of being part of the trust.

Community Exhibition, at Wycombe Arts Centre

Bob Spriggs is based at the Forge Studios, near Welwyn.

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