This bronze figure is solid and centred, but just at the limits of comfortable balance. There is an interplay between the conditions of this world – flesh, metal, gravity and the aspirations and longings that make us look beyond them. In this case literally to the stars.
Janis Ridley was born in Co Durham and studied sculpture at Newcastle upon Tyne School of Art and painting at Exeter college of Art, and graduated in 1976 with a BA Hons Fine Art.
Until 1994 she painted in oils and exhibited throughout the UK including Beaux Arts Bath, and the Royal Academy.
In 1995 she began to concentrate solely on making sculpture. In 1998 she was elected member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. Her work integrates her experience of drawing the figure with a deep interest in dance and certain myths.
Photograph: © University of Exeter