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Sculpting stone is elemental; reshaping the earth, creating something that will exist long after we have gone. Vivien delights in directly carving the last of the English Alabaster, which is ancient, rare and aesthetically amazing.
The uniqueness of sculpting, for her, is a collaboration with a stone, identifying the vitality and form within and supporting its emergence. Vivien works without a plan, responding to what is in each stone.
Every sculpture is unique; the combination of the rarity of the stone, the complexity of each piece and the aesthetically pleasing shapes will outlast both the maker and the purchaser. Her aim is to create intimate sculpture which draws people into relationship with this exquisite element.
Jackie Wullschlager of the Financial Times wrote about Vivien’s exhibition The Last of the English Alabaster
"Her work, in the tradition of Hepworth and Moore, is vibrant and experimental in exploring the unusual and translucent properties of the material." (26.3.05)
Vivien trained with Peter Hibbard, a former assistant to Henry Moore, is an elected member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and has a First class BA (Hons) in Art and Design. Her work is regularly exhibited through the UK and is in several private and public collections.