Clives early life in the Cheshire countryside and his time in Australia have given him a love of the natural world and through it of texture, form and movement. Now Warwickshire-based, he makes use of weather-fallen trees, along with discarded books and other found materials to produce thought-provoking pieces of the highest quality and execution.
In the early part of his life, Sheridan worked as a fine arts and documentary photographer. In 1992 he moved to Australia, allowing him greater access to spaces with which he could connect emotionally as he had done as a child living in the countryside. Inspired by the expansive landscapes and vibrant light, he began to use natural materials and concentrate on texture, form and movement.
For the past seven years Sheridan has been living in the Warwickshire countryside, producing more monumental and personally explorative works using organic materials from the landscape. He incorporates weather fallen trees, discarded literature and mixed media.
One of his most fascinating pieces is a concealment of the Bible from the ‘Pleroma’ series. In fact, it is two 1600-page volumes cut and spliced into a 7 mile length and coiled. The result is both beautiful and meticulous. Once the technique is known, one cannot fail to observe that a certain amount of reverence exists in the process.
With a gentle coaxing of the raw materials and almost as much time as it would take to read this Holy Book, a perfect single and complete journey is constructed. One knows instinctively this is about more than the pliability of India paper and could originate from Sheridan’s early life raised by nuns.