Steve Dilworth born in Yorkshire, now lives and works on the Island of Harris and cites the rugged, beautiful and extreme landscape of eastern Harris as one of the main inspirations for his work. It is the energy and presence of these landscapes which Dilworth finds most stimulating and inspirational. He will often incorporate objects found on the Isle of Harris, that were once living, into his sculptures and in this sense his work resonates with an historical energy.
The solid remains of animals and birds are often enclosed in his sculptures, like the heart in a living bosy or the engine in a static vehicle, they empower the sculpture in both conceptual and symbolic ways. Dilworth's works are both open and closed and exposes the internal and extrenal facades of the work simultaneously. Many of Dilworth's sculptures are also containers, holding other elements which are sometimes visible and sometimes not. There is a ritualistic and shamanistic element to his work, observable in its construction, which he understands as a cathartic, working through of a problem;
"I want to retrieve that moment of understanding, not by describing, but by making. Of course I'll fail, but in the chemistry of making another moment will appear. These objects are drawn from an internal landscape, of shifting sands. Connections are constantly being discovered".
CASS Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood