Kevin McCardell

Born in 1958 in the Waikato I grew up in Rotorua, where upon finishing school, I undertook a career in the NZ police. I retired after 12 years service , and whilst doing various jobs taught myself to carve wood. A practical person by nature and a realist by experience I try to create sculptures which appear lifelike and which reflect the different layers of detail that make up that reality. though I create a wide range of 'everyday' objects, I find clothing interesting in that it can represent a reflection of ourselves , our culture, and how we wish the world to perceive us. A new coat is a new coat but a worn weathered coat is a story of the one who lived in it. I try to embody the character of clothing from the 'down to earth' practically of an old coat, the 'feeling of home' of a jacket hanging at the door, to the laid back 'kiwiness' of a summer spent at the beach. These thoughts can allow us to identify with the sculpture and perhaps a part of ourselves. The timber I use is predominantly NZ Kauri from the stumps and head logs of fallen trees left to be reclaimed by nature. I feel privileged to to be able to transform the remains of these great trees so they may endure in a new form for many years to come. I have now been a sculptor nearly 30 years and my work is sold privately both in NZ and around the world