"I sculpt in the tradition of the Old Masters working 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. 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 in London. 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. 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 October 2016. A Study Abroad Studentship awarded by the Leverhulme Trust in October 2017 allowed Poppy to complete her final year of study. Poppy is delighted to have been awarded the FAA's inaugural “Graduate in Residence” fourth year prize for sculpture and looks forward to one more year in Florence.
2018 Florence Academy of Art Summer Exhibition, Florence
2018 FACE 2018, The Society of Portrait Sculptors, La Galleria Pall Mall, London
2017 Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2017 RBA Rising Stars Exhibition, The Royal Over-Seas League, London
2017 Florence Academy of Art Summer Exhibition, Florence
2018 Graduate in Residence, The Florence Academy of Art
2017 Study Abroad Studentship, Leverhulme Trust
2017 Work Scholarship, The Florence Academy of Art
2017 RBA Rome Scholarship: Shortlisted, Royal Society of British Artists
2016 QEST Finnis Scott Foundation Scholar, Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust
2016 John Hayes Travel Award (Beijing and Shanghai), Courtauld Institute of Art
2015 The Alpine Fellowship in association with Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice