Jo Golesworthy: Sculpting Nature

Jo Golesworthy: Sculpting Nature

Cockington Court Sculpture Trail is back with 26 works created by 18 local artists. From an interactive installation made entirely of junk to a life size tiger and a kaleidoscope of brightly coloured skulls; this is a feast for the eyes in every nook and cranny of this lush site. We took some time out in Cockington's walled gardens to speak to artist, Jo Golesworthy, about her unique contribution of pollen grain sculptures.  

In case you forgot that Biology class of yesteryear, Pollen grains are those microscopic caskets which carry the male DNA of flowering plants. It's not something we usually see with the human eye. Pollen is 1/1000th of a millimetre - you'd need a hefty microscope to see a grain - but it's almost impossible to overstate the importance of pollen and pollinators (think bees, birds, butterflies) in our ecosystem. The scale of the impact the pollen grain makes is brought to life by sculptor, Jo Golesworthy.

Born in Devon, Jo Golesworthy studied at Exeter College of Art and Design, Brighton Polytechnic and the Portland Sculpture and Quarry Trust. Jo became fascinated with making pollen sculptures after seeing two dimensional images of pollen as revealed by a Scanning Electron Microscope in National Geographic. Jo started hand-constructing pollen grains ‘wet’ using direct modelling onto a ceramic core. "By reproducing pollen forms in an architectural material I attempt to illustrate a botanic world, ubiquitous yet invisible to the naked eye." says Jo. 

Installed in the walled garden, surrounded by wildflowers and the buzz of bees, you'll find seven giant pollen grain sculptures. Jo has taken the microscopic gains that are normally measured at 50 microns and scaled them to around 15,000 times their normal size at around 50cm diameter each.

I started by coming here earlier in the year and just looking around I could see roughly what plants were here and came up with these seven... we’ve got Bell Heather, Borage, Musk Mallow, Cornflower, Bramble, Ivy, and Dandelion.
— Jo Golesworthy

Jo is renowned for making her sculptures from limestone compound, however, these sculptures are made from paper, making them flexible enough to move amongst the wild gardens during the duration of this three month Sculpture Trail. The beauty of Cockington is to keep re-visiting as the season changes and Jo's work, alongside 17 other artists, is just one more reason to head to this making paradise at the heart of Torbay.

You can see more of Jo Golesworthy's work and commission her at: Cockington Court Sculpture Trail is free to go see and on until the 9th September 2018. For more information about the sculpture trail, visit their website