Jess Wheeler is in London this week showing her new works that include brass mobiles hanging with clematis and weeping willow, delicate alchemilla mollis objet and witty bronze light installations. These play on the lost wax casting method, a technique used since ancient times to create bronze sculptures and revived in the Renaissance starting with Donatello’s David. Instead of the biblical, Wheeler focusses her eye on nature – this time turning her attention to the vegetable patch. Rhubarb, cabbage and fig leaves grown in her garden in North Wales have been transformed into beautiful bronze sculptures to be used as light fixtures. The pieces are beautiful and intricate whilst also having a timeless solidity and would work in both traditional and contemporary interiors. This is evident at the exhibition where they are seen alongside furniture and objects from antique dealer, James McWhirter. Visit the show and see them for yourself as they are even more intriguing to look at and touch up close.
And do revisit our interview with Wheeler from March 2021 – one of our favourites from the archive – where we spoke to her about moving to a tiny cottage in the foothills of Snowdonia during lockdown, and finding the space to develop her metalwork for which she is now known.