"I sculpt in the tradition of the old masters working exclusively from life under natural north light, modelling my figures in clay and casting them in bronze. I strive to translate nature in a way that is both artistically beautiful and anatomically accurate. This requires a perfect marriage of a constructive and impressionistic approach: grounding my works in the certainty of the human form, while also maintaining a painterly attitude of observation from a distance to best facilitate each piece’s unique evolution. Evocative gestures draw viewers in, true proportions suspend disbelief, and dynamic spatial relationships vibrate with energy. I aim to unite these aspects in my works in order to convey physical and psychological presence."
"I am motivated by the paradox of western desire to imbue material objects with an ability to prolong and preserve human memory. Bronze prevailed during the interwar period as the medium of choice for figurative sculpture but soon became irreversibly intertwined with propaganda and fell from grace. Assigning singular memory and meaning to complex ideas and events often creates entirely new sites of conflict. Indeed, the toppling of monuments and questions of permanence scar our epoch. Is it possible, at a time of rapid globalisation and urbanization, to erect bronze figurative sculptures in public spaces, without creating works that will be used to validate particular political, historical, cultural and social perspectives?"
Poppy spent her Gap Year studying sculpture at The Florence Academy of Art (FAA) and then went on to complete a BA (Hons) History of Art at The Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Thanks to the generosity of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, Poppy returned to the FAA to take up her second year of training in sculpture in September 2016. She is delighted to have been awarded a Study Abroad Studentship by the Leverhulme Trust and in October 2017 she returned to the FAA to complete her studies.
In 2015, Poppy was invited to attend The Alpine Fellowship at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice. She also undertook an interview for the Florentine podcast The Sculptor’s Funeral and presented a paper at The Representational Art Conference in Ventura, California. From 2015-2016, in addition to studying for her degree, Poppy worked for 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair and was Head of Exhibition for the twelfth edition of the East Wing Biennial. She was awarded the John Hayes Travel Award with which she visited Beijing and Shanghai in September 2016. This year, Poppy has lectured at the Florence Academy of Art and worked as a teaching assistant for the Rome Art Program. Her work was included in the Florence Academy of Art Summer Exhibition, the RBA Rising Stars Exhibition and the Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition.