McCrum has been fascinated since childhood by ancient remains, fragments of carving and standing stones in lonely landscapes. Her travels to cultural sites around the Mediterranean and work on archaeological surveys in Somalia have influenced her work as a stone-carver. The artist said of her work, "The gentle curves of the hills of South Devon and the stark limestone cliffs carved by wind and sea on Gozo, have all subconsciously influenced my carving. I look down on birds circling and gliding above their prey from my home high above the Dart estuary. They make marvelously abstracted subjects and I have carved them ever since I have been here."
For the Young (and Young at Heart)
Lie down on the ground, or lean your head back, and imagine yourself soaring like the birds that inspire the artist. Will it help you ride the wind if you give your body this shape?
Bridget McCrum, England, Spirit Bird, 2001; Carrara marble.