Winner of the Mill Cove Award at Sculpture in Context 2015
Gunvor Anhøj was born in Denmark in 1973. She lives and works in County Wicklow,
Ireland. From early childhood she loved making and used to sit and carve wooden objects
in the garden of the family home. For a living she trained as a horticulturist and
was first introduced to Iron when required to plough the fields the old way using
horses and a one-furrow plough. Following her intrigue with both the material and
the tradition of the blacksmith she then trained in Hereford, England achieving a
Higher National Diploma in Three Dimensional Design Crafts, Blacksmithing at the
Hereford College of Art and Design.
Gunvor’s aim is to portray everyday matters from birth to death, family, love, loss
and celebration. She recreates well recognised objects and plays on the associations
the material steel holds. After her first meeting with steel as a tool, she likes
to celebrate that link and often utilises found wrought iron fencing and tooling
as a source.
Portraying the essence rather than the obvious, Gunvor’s pieces are delicate traceries
of beautifully wrought metal forms, using as few components as possible to describe
as much as possible.
Media used: forged and welded steel, wrought iron and bronze. Wood and stone.