Principles of Fortitude 2, Glazed stoneware, resin, 24ct gold leaf, gold powder, epoxy, steel, 17'' x 12'' x 12'', £3,900
Principles of Fortitude 1, Glazed stoneware, resin, 24ct gold leaf, gold powder, epoxy, steel, 17'' x 12'' x 12'', £3,900
Born in Northumberland in 1965, Billie Bond grew up in Essex and continues to live there now. An early career in nursing gave her an appreciation of human anatomy, which she considers sensitively in her figurative representations.
Billie gained an MA in Sculptural Practice 2016 and a 1st class Honours Degree in 3D Design 2011 at Colchester School of Art. She was also awarded a research residency at the Henry Moore Institute Leeds.
Her 20 years experience as a designer-maker includes designing children's furniture, interiors, interior decorating and painting murals. During studies, her creative ideas were expressed in the form of figurative sculpture.
Billie won the Pure Arts Sculpture Prize in 2013, with the winning piece A Link With The Past being exhibited in a curated space at Saatchi Gallery, London as part of the Strarta art fair.
In 2009 Billie sculpted her sister, who has Downs Syndrome, on the 4th Plinth in Trafalgar Square as part of Anthony Gormley's One & Other highlighting the importance of art for everyone.
After a residency at Chelmsford Museum in Essex, her work A Portrait Of Chelmsford was accepted into the Chelmsford museum's collection. The work, a series of sculptures of local people, represents the cultural identity of Chelmsfordians in 2011.
Billie was recently commissioned by Alan Carr's Chattyman to sculpt a character head of Lionel Richie
Every action has an equal and opposite reaction'
Isaac Newton (1643-1726)
An endless pursuit for equilibrium fuels my creativity. What makes a whole? Is anything ever complete?
My work is concerned with identity and a personal obsession of revealing the concealed, exposing the discarded and the overlooked, repairing the broken – exploring ideas of duality.
I try to translate an inner being through a disrupted surface, creating new and different visual conversations.
Processes of destruction and repair investigate aspects of trauma and healing, rejuvenation and change.
From figurative realism to material led abstraction I am discovering ways of paralleling the process of making with altered states and adapted minds in a quest to explore what it is to be human.