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Take Five with Briony Marshall

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Briony Marshall is a London based sculptor and installation artist. With a background in Biochemistry and a training in sculpture, Briony Marshall fuses an intellectual/conceptual approach with an intuitive, materials inspired process to develop sculptures that investigate the natural world and man’s place in it.

She has recently completed the Pangolin London Sculpture Residency which culminated in a solo show at Pangolin London. She is also a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and is head of Professional Development at The Art Academy.

In your professional life, what is the single best thing about what you do?
I get to indulge my twin passions: reading about the science of how the world works and expressing these ideas in 3-dimensional forms.

Do you have a creative hero / heroine and if so, why?
My first heroine was Camille Claudel - who is probably responsible for some of Rodin's most memorable work, these days they might have been a creative double act. Another is Barbara Hepworth who was very influential to 20th century british sculpture.

What piece of advice do you wish you had been given at the beginning of your career?
I've had some good advice: my older sister told me to do whatever I chose to the best of my abilities and then, if I wanted to change, I'd be able to move sideways from a position of strength. Geoff Mulgan said that we always vastly over estimate what we can do in the short term, and vastly underestimate what we can achieve in the long term.

If you hit a creative block, what is your top tip for getting through it?
Create the right atmosphere in the studio and mind and keep working: for me it is Radio 4 and some good modelling wax. Or if I don't know what I'm doing a semi random internet surfing session on a particular scientific topic. I often find when I'm in the middle of a work I might have left for a few days and I've forgotten what I'm suppose to be doing, I'll end up spending a while cleaning the studio and all my tools, laying them out nicely in straight lines. It is definitely procrastination, but when I've run out of things to do, then I have to launch back in, concentrate and I usually pick up the thread again ok.

And finally, for fun, if you were a shoe, what type of shoe would you be and why?
A diesel trainer - comfortable and considerate to the feet, with nice shapes for the eye.

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