William Harling Sculptor
My interest in sculpture is defined by my passion for form. Somehow, form carries meaning in and of itself, quite apart from any literal ‘meaning’ in the imagery. To my mind, form provides a physical bridge between beauty and logic, as demonstrated in the forms of nature, where every element has purpose and nothing is superfluous, and where movement is both expansive and cohesive as well as fundamentally economical.

My work involving the human figure refers not to individuals or personalities, but to more universal characteristics, common to all, as separate and communal members of the species. Hence their minimal or complete lack of faces and their featureless apparel, which seems to me like an inner skin. The presence in some of the pieces of hands and feet suggests, to me, the possibility of intent and action emanating from this inner level of existence. I do not intend any religious aspect in these pieces, notwithstanding the monk-like appearance of some of the figures.

My sculptural influences include ; Ancient Egyptian sculpture, which in formal terms has, I believe, never been surpassed ; the figurative work of Malliol ; the landscape inspired work of Henry Moore.