Kendra Haste

Animals have held an obsessive fascination for me throughout my life. Their diverse form, nature and behaviour provide a rich and inexhaustible depth of subject. Animals have been for many years and continue to be the sole focus of my work as a sculptor.

The apparent ordinariness of wire and wire mesh belie their expressive potential and provide ideal material for my sculptures. Drawing is integral to my work as an artist and is perfectly matched by the linear qualities of wire. No other material I have ever used has been able to suggest the sense of movement and life, of contour and volume, the contrasts of weight and lightness, of solidity and transparency – values that I find in my natural subjects. It is the perfect medium, inviting continuing exploration and challenge.

In 2010, Kendra was awarded a commission by Historic Royal Palaces to fabricate thirteen sculptures as part of an exhibition ‘Royal Beasts’ celebrating the Royal Menagerie at the Tower of London. Life-size lions, baboons, a polar bear and an elephant, all constructed with her trademark material, galvanised wire, help tell the story of the exotic animals that were kept at the Tower from the 1100s. The exhibition opened in 2011 and the sculptures will remain installed in their present location for the next ten years.

C/o Patrick Davies Contemporary Art