Family Circle

Bill Ming

Bermudian (b. 1944)

Wood, iron, varnish, gravel, ink, stain, paper, wood, glue

1997-2004

On temporary loan from the Corporation of Hamilton

Of Family Circle, Bill Ming says: “This began with one of those
happy accidents that happen now and then. I bought the wood
from a village near my home in Nottinghamshire. The wood was
supposed to be kiln dry before gluing it. However, upon carving
sections of the anatomy it began ‘opening up’.
“Initially I was really upset but then I decided that if the wood
wished to open up, I would help by making the splits even
more pronounced. I then filled the gaps with sticks, stones, ball
bearings and nails. I saw these materials relating to humans
and their frailties – ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones’ –
of finding one’s bearings in life.”

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