The Easel

4th October 2022

Sculpture: An Art of Craft and Storytelling

Both mass media and abstraction, it is argued, have contributed to an “erasure” of communal narratives. As a result, sculpture, traditionally a story telling medium, lost momentum. Recently, though, sculptors have returned to traditional craft techniques – textiles, ceramics and woodworking for example – to enhance the cultural resonance of their work. Rather than a new “conservatism”, this greater use of craft is something that helps us “get our bearings [by] telling us where we’ve been”.