Gifts represent a chance to create
Michael Scrimshaw calls them his Reluctant Scarecrows – towering sculptures made from recycled materials.
The artist, one of eight exhibitors in a new display at Artlink in Hull's Princes Avenue, has long made use of objects which others might deem fit for the scrap heap.
"It is a natural thing, not a conscious decision," he said.
"A lot of times, people bring things to me as a gift. I've made use of items including part of a Singer Sewing Machine. My gran had one, so items like that really inspire me.
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"They have a meaning that brings a presence to the sculpture itself."
Artlink's new exhibition, Re-Present, features a group of artists who use recycled materials to create sculpture, paintings and prints.
Others showing their work include Martin Waters, the Hull artist, whose previous showings have included pieces made from objects found washed up at Spurn Point.
Michael will be showing two of his trio of standing figures – which are 6ft 4in and are created from metal objects including a gardening fork and parts of a push mower.
Michael, who has a studio at The Ropewalk in Barton-Upon- Humber, was a sculpture teacher at the Grimsby Institute and in further education before deciding to go full time as an artist.
His previous works include the Flying Machine, which was commissioned for Ferens Art Gallery's recent Leonardo da Vinci exhibition.
Created with his partner, Helen, the sculpture, based on a sketch by Leonardo, was made from items including office table legs and fence posts.
"It takes a long time to find the right combination of objects to express a new form," Michael said.
"But when a sculpture starts to work it has a real sense of presence – a certain something stirs the soul."