Blood, sweat and tears of joy

Alex Chinneck has a fascination with warping the world around us; challenging our expectations of familiar materials; and achieving the seemingly impossible. In this series of works, Alex explores the creative application and potential of knots, introducing them into famously straight forms, including architectural columns, chimneys and grandfather clocks.

In working with traditional forms but representing them in contemporary ways, the knots tie together with the past and present. These are among the most complex and time- consuming sculptures from the Artists’ portfolio, including a series of hand-carved wooden knots that require weeks/months of work, as implied by the title.