How would you define what you do?
I am not interested in categorising my work. I see myself above all as a material-specific sculptor. I am always highly conscious of the materials I use, and carry out extensive research before embarking on a project, in order to achieve the optimal results.
What inspires your work?
Nature intrigues me, whether organic or inorganic. I work in what one may call groups or families; it is in constant evolution, and one set of forms gives way to the next. Galaxy, Terra, Botanica, Hydras, Transmutations, Coloured Shadows are some of the names of my series.
© Barbara Nanning
In what way do you unfold your creativity?
I strive for the same feeling embodied by the forms and places that inspire me: a perfect finish, the omission of the superfluous, and the peace that enables me to work in the right spirit. I always begin my work with a circle, an archetype. At the centre is the fulcrum from which the movement flows.
What do you want to convey through your objects?
My objects are earthy and stand on their own, they rise up from the earth. There must, I believe, be a balance, a harmony, between the static and the dynamic, between growth and gravity.