I have always had a great love of nature, of being outdoors and of knowledge. The experiences of playing and working in the countryside and on the sea, and the understanding of ecology and nature I gained by taking a degree in environmental science, have greatly underpinned and inspired my artistic career.
James Eddy is a sculptor and site-specific artist based in West Cornwall. Born in Truro in 1975, he has been following a broad and varied artistic journey all his life, exhibiting and delivering projects both nationally and internationally. James’ love of nature led him to study Environmental Science at university. In 1998, he volunteered as an artist-maker for Kneehigh Theatre. This experience of site-specific community arts projects inspired him to become a practising visual artist. In 2010, he was invited to be artist in residence at the Lost Gardens of Heligan. This culminated in the creation of the ‘Growth & Decay’ charcoal sculpture. The sculpture is a living and decaying piece, a part of nature, gradually changing with its surroundings. James was invited in 2015 to create sculptures for the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The same year, he was selected to represent Cornwall at the Lorient Inter Celtic festival. Last year, he exhibited at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea and the ‘Fresh Air’ sculpture biennial, for which he was awarded a Quenington Sculpture Trust Bursary. This year, James has been selected to attend an international residency programme in Onishi, Japan
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