Prior to taking up my residency at Brisons Veor, I spent some time examining the geology of Cornwall, with a view to creating a new stone carving on site. The vast majority of local stone is granite which, although very varied and beautiful, comes top of the hardness scales. It would therefore be unrealistic to even start with this. Undeterred, I contacted a friendly Quarry laboratory, based at Plymouth and asked their advice. They kindly donated some ‘soft’ granite and I collected it from next to the red Biffa bins on the journey down.

soft granite sculpture - Angela Malone

soft granite sculpture – Angela Malone

At times carving it seemed like a performance piece. The garden is passed most days by several walkers, who stopped, chatted, asked questions and took photographs. Regardless of the difficulties of carving this extremely crumbly, unpredictable stone, a face finally emerged and by the last day I felt I had achieved all I could by way of imposing my will upon it. The stone constantly fought back: the nose, cheekbones, lips and chin all fell away during carving. I likened it to carving a bowl of cornflakes.
Having locked the cottage door for the last time I carried my stone down the steep slope to place her amongst her familiars in the Cove. Here, I washed over the surface so that the true colour shone out.

at Priest's Cove

at Priest’s Cove

Whilst in this beautifully rugged seascape, my mind wandered to my nephew, Connor. Since discovering that we are to lose him, we have all felt saddened and I was moved to create a simple tribute. I built a little, traditional cairn. Little, because he is only 4 years old.

Connorcairn - Angela Malone

Connor’s cairn – Angela Malone

Leaving Brisons Veor, Priests Cove and Connor’s cairn behind me, I felt I had gained a great deal more from this residency than I had expected to.
Angela Malone