Sculpture Series 2017

Exhibited at the Silk Mill, Frome 2017

Hans Borgonjon

Hans created a series of sculptures from 400 year old pieces of oak, originally the framework of ancient Flemish weaving looms, for the Outside Insight exhibition at the Silk Mill in Frome.

In the lowlands of the 16th and 17th Century, looms would have been part of many households. Weaving tapestry and textiles would have provided a much-needed means for extra income, especially for women.

The 17th Century loom was very sophisticated, had many parts and would have been very valuable and expensive to buy. This is why many of the looms were decorated quite elaborately with carving and moulding.

In creating the series, Hans separated and transformed all the components of the weaving looms into standalone sculptures. Sometimes the form is changed and the surface given different textures.

The wooden sculptures sit on a metal stand. Gold leaf is applied to specific areas. The original metal ironwork components have been left in place in some cases. The results are impressive human height sculptures that are contemporary and hark back to Hans’ Flemish roots and his family tree, which has ancestors residing in the same village in Flanders since the 16th century.

Some of the work is on a smaller scale. The sculptures can be displayed both inside and outside.

‘The Blue Kiss’

400 year old oak, Klein blue, metal and gold leaf, 2016