Misti Leitz - 'Mother and Child' Size : 50cm H x 13.5cm W x 12cm D

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Misti Leitz - 'Mother and Child' Size : 50cm H x 13.5cm W x 12cm D

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Size : 50cm H x 13.5cm W x 12cm D

We spring from our mothers; nurtured and protected by their embrace; our stories intertwining as our paths criss-cross through time. We grow and develop our own individuality, but the link to our place of origin always remains. I made this piece at the time of my mother’s passing, and it remains, for me, a poignant reminder of that connection.


This sinuous work is carved from a single block of lime, ebonised and waxed, with a lacquered gilded section


“Sculpture is an attempt to freeze a moment in time in three dimensions; at the same time to connect what already exists in reality to that which exists only in the imagination.” Hipolito Rocha Misti lives in secluded bliss with her partner and two unruly dogs in a cottage in the woods just outside Ludlow, in Shropshire. She was born in the UK in 1968, with a pencil in one hand, a Lego brick in the other, and a silver spoon in her mouth, albeit a slightly tarnished one. She grew up surrounded by artists and musicians and spent most of her childhood covered in glue and paint, which somewhat inevitably steered her towards following a creative muse.Her career path led her to become a designer of bespoke interiors, furniture, gardens and architecture at the very highest level, specialising in the re-creation of period detailing and ornament. Misti has produced thousands of beautiful objects in her life, and her commissioned works can be seen in palaces, penthouses and private residences all over the world.

In 2003, Misti made her first piece of abstract sculpture that encompassed and expressed all of her feelings about her son’s impending birth. At the time, the significance of this small piece went un-noticed, and in the following years she produced countless sculptural works for her clients as she continued to expand her portfolio of commissioned designs.

In 2016, feeling that she had taken her skills as a designer to their furthest extent, and yearning to return to working with her hands, she set up a studio and workshop to concentrate on making contemporary sculpture and objets d’art. Working in timber and stone, and often recycling found or discarded materials, Misti’s primary focus is in imbuing her work with a sense of character and energy, further refining the visual language she unwittingly began to develop in 2003, and using flowing organic forms to give a sense of vitality and meaning to her pieces. The amount of time she spends smoothing and finishing each one results in sculptures that are informed as much by touch as by design, giving them a sensual tactility.

Misti’s innate feeling for form and volume comes from working with period architectural masterpieces of figurative carving whose inspiration is largely the natural world, and yet much of her own inspiration comes from a more transient source. For her, it is the shapes seen in flames, in flowing water, and at the edges of our peripheral vision; shapes seen in clouds and wisps of smoke; shapes seen in dreams or on the insides of our eyelids when we’re tired. It is the capturing of these ephemeral forms that fascinates Misti – solidifying the ethereal, while at the same time attempting to convey the essence of their movement and fluidity"






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