In a meeting of the magical and the mundane, for his edition series ‘60 BPM’, each differing slightly, Pearch's pedestrian sea urchins settle to the average resting heart rate of a human. These urchins have metal pricks for spines, as they sit in repose on plaster sofas – bleached like a coral reef, considering their next move.
About the artist
Hamish Pearch reflects on the complex structures humanity occupies, exploring the materials, objects and spaces that make up our worlds. Through sculpture, installation, drawing and sound, his practice gives form to human experiences and systems that are mundane and magical in equal measure.
Pearch’s sculptures mix, merge and remake forms to create objects of instability. Found objects, natural forms and commonplace materials are used alongside cast and modelled sculptures made from jesmonite and resin. A rucksack sprouts cacti-arms; singing faces protrude from the side of shipping containers. These volatile objects present material and metaphorical meeting points, where everyday objects slip between states of reality and the unconscious.
In playing with scale, Pearch interrogates the border between real and imagined states. Architectural structures – storage units, cooling towers, mid-century modern homes and furniture – appear attached to other forms or barnacled by natural objects.