Travel has had a big impact on all aspects of Zoë's art from drawing, installations, sculpture, prints, and even the method of putting together her work.
"As a child, I was enthralled with many trips to Greece. In those days, it felt very foreign. I drew a lot and discovered the amazing sculptures and wall friezes , but never realised that I could become a sculptor.
This print was created in 2001 using cyan, magenta and yellow - not black - it was based on seeing Charlie Chaplin in an outside cinema in Syros, Greece.
On leaving school I travelled to Eire hitching & surviving for a month.
After Foundation at Ipswich Art school I spent ten days in Moscow & Leningrad, since then travel has became vital.
Spending three months in Spain, travelling by train, stopping in Madrid to visit the Prado , whilst doing my degree, made me change disciplines from painting to Sculpture.
In 1991 I inter-railed to Greece,Portugal (Lisbon, Coimbra, Aveiero), Italy ( Milan, Assisi, Rome), Denmark (Copenhagen)
1992 Paris before Dorset
Drawing made whist staying @ Lower Lighthouse, Portland,Dorset
1993 -98 split my time between Dorset & Yew Tree farm foundry, Laxfield & started sailing to Alderney, Channel Islands
1995 received a grant from the Suffolk craft society to study Gaudi and Metal work in Barcelona
I found this door and started drawing and carving on it and brought it back to finish
Etching made from drawing whilst visiting Tunis
1996 spent 3 months in Greece, travelling from Athens, Paros, Thira (Santorini) ,Naxos, Paros, Donousa, Crete, drawing and making installations. It started to dawn on me that to make sculpture I needed a workshop really, in one place.
Torn between travelling the world - was going to go to Mexico - and in this print, you can see the receipt when I was going to buy the ticket!
Sculpture made from metal collected whilst visiting Prague
By 1998, I had a workshop in Cambridge, travelled to Paris, Copenhagen, Frankfurt and received a grant to be part of an international print symposium in Tavira, Portugal, run by the late great, Barto dos Santos on the process of chine collé
I Spent time in Wales and Cornwall
2000 I moved workshop to Wysing Arts Centre, spending time in Scotland and Greece drawing.
2001 Invited to spend a month in Eire, West Coast. Travelled to Venice in a 2 CV.
Found a larger workshop space, near Ely. In 2002 got my motorbike license, but realised it wasn’t practical Or compatible moving Sculpture around on a motorbike. I finally got to see Bilbao museum (by motorbike).
Since then, I have learned to manage myself better concerning needing to work in a stable workshop, developing metal concrete and ceramics and taking time out to travel.
iPad drawing, Parque El Retiro , Madrid 2019