Hull Through the Eyes of a Sculptor

The drawings - 2 to 5

The drawings on this page and the next are an exciting insight into the artist's working process. They show how Dobrowolski moved through a process of developing ideas, thinking about what he would like to communicate with his work, rejecting a variety of ideas before coming to a final conclusion.

In drawing 2 the artist begins to ‘deconstruct’ or ‘dissect’ the components of a seascape dividing them into things that you can see (‘The Sky’, ‘The Sea’) and things which are not depicted as such (‘Beneath the Sea’). He also comments on his lack of maritime knowledge with a lovely metaphor of an ‘ imaginary seadog sitting on my shoulder’.

In drawing 4 you can see Dobrowolski clearly thinking through the symbolism of his found materials. Tin cases ‘say’ something very different from ‘something more utilitarian’.

Drawing 5 shows the final sculpture, annotated to clarify his intentions. Another interesting part of this last drawing is his inclusion of ten records he rejected.


Metaphor - something used to represent something else
Utilitarian - practical, useful
Annotated - comment upon, add notes

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