Tony Cragg in the studio
Focusing on the resonance of gathering, layering and stacking in Tony Cragg’s practice, here the artist discusses his studio practice and the process of stratification, compilation, accrual and accumulation in his work.
"Sculpture is not about practicalities. It doesn’t have to be functional. Only sculpture takes on forms that just grow into space and become psychological and emotional in their expression.
I went to Art School in 1969 and I entered without having an initial interest in sculpture. I entered into this because it was such a dynamic and interesting thing to do. I found it was an amazing activity, just to move the material around, just to make things. It was an emotional experience to move material but also one that changed one’s own ideas.
I wanted to make very simple things. I had belief that just anything one made had an emotional quality and had a meaning. Even tying knots in things, giving things a form."