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Prologue Series 2:

Back again

14 May 2021 | 2 minutes

Welcome back to a second series of Materially Speaking, where artists and artisans tell their stories through the materials they choose.

In these snapshots, artists tell us about their journeys, and the inspiration for their work. Along the way, they explain why they have chosen different materials to work with at different stages of their careers.

Nicolas Bertoux at La Fenice workshops, Pietrasanta, for his project Wind Tree, 2019, monumental sculpture for Taipei, Taiwan

It’s been a long, hard year and the artists we speak to share how they have been impacted by the pandemic. Many have discovered new ways of working and adapting to more isolation than usual.

Like everyone, they have had to overcome limits on travelling to work, and a big challenge has been finding new ways for their work to meets its audience.

Despite the horrors of the year, their stories highlight that beauty that seems more important than ever, and how valuable it is that artists point out the grace in nature for all of us to enjoy.

Emmanuel Fillion, Tronc brule, 2019, black marble and gold leaf 24k

Some of these episodes were recorded pre-pandemic, and others last summer in the window between lockdowns.

You can stay up-to-date with new episodes in a couple of ways: social media, our newsletter and a wide variety of podcast players.


Producer: Sarah Monk

Sound edit/design: Guy Dowsett

Music: Latin Lover 2 2933/92, Bob Bradley, Paul Clarvis, Neil Harland. Courtesy audio network

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