Delpha has worked for many years with collections of small sculpture, often combining them in installations. Her project Small Promethean Acts created a sound & sculpture installation at Artcore Gallery, Derby in 2019
A hundred small un-monumental stoneware figures combined with found objects were made between 2017-19 They aimed to celebrate caring acts, engender empathy, and make equality possible. The sculptures displayed on furniture plinths were accompanied by a quiet hum of stories recorded from the public that could be heard from speakers hanging from the ceiling. The 2019 installation (shown) included stories collected from communities in Derby, describing an act of care performed for the ones they love.
You can listen to some of the stories here: Small Promethean Acts on Soundcloud
Combining them as an installation creates an immersive space for reflection on cultural and societal value place on domestic acts. It weaves stories and narratives between sculpture and sound, to celebrate and represent ‘home workers’ and carers. Creating visibility and voice for people who care, and work from home has the potential to change their sense of value, and this project aims to change the value of care in society.
Small sculptures have been shown and sold individually as well as part of a larger installations. Made from found objects combined with small stoneware figures they juxtapose ideas about women, subjectivity and objects. Find them on Instagram @Small Promethean Acts or have a look at more unmonumental small sculptures by downloading the catalogue below:
Other sculpture and installation projects include Lover’s Letters, a series of letters and correspondences that were made into tree plaques made for a specific site in the woods at Kestle Barton, Cornwall.
The research and process was recorded in a self-published book. Read more about the project
Objets-Textes are small sculptural assemblage works that combine found objects with writing. They propose we ‘think through things’ and explore our relationship with the physical world through stories and objects. There are over 100 small works and they have been shown singly or as installations around the UK between 2006-2013, including the RWA in Bristol . Find out more on Delpha’s archive or read Objets-Textes research or download a to a catalogue of work below:
View more sculpture and installation projects on Delpha’s archive
If you would like to see more sculpture you can arrange to visit Delpha’s studio