Iain Kettles makes sculpture, for exhibitions and as commissioned public artworks; unofficial guerrilla-style and collaborative interventions in public spaces. His work questions the relationship between our visual and spatial understanding of our environment, translating a playful sensitivity in the way we encounter public space. Using colour and the conditions of our surroundings, of architecture and references from the world beyond. Kettles translates the experience and meanings of space: interpretations of inside and out, spatial phenomenon, notions of scale and the distinctions between public and private spaces and the challenges that come with these. Over the past 15 years Kettles has produced iconic large-scale inflatable structures. Current projects include more industrial materials including metal and wood; and processes that include casting, his practice is heavily focused upon his craft and the hand made, stemming from an interest in the durability and resilience of materials, even in a temporal nature.
Commissions have included work for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, London (2006); Cork Festival (2006); and An Lanntair (2002). Recent exhibitions include: Nomi’s Kitchen, Glasgow (2010); and Desire Lines, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh (2009).
Iain Kettles (b.1962) lives and works in Glasgow, UK.