David Sinnott

The gift of being able to create stunning 3D art with every day objects doesn’t come round often, David Sinnott is a student at the university of Leeds who has that gift, from bold quirky statements to the beautiful his work portrays charm and elegance that will keep you coming back for more.

Tell us a little about yourself?

I am currently a Fine Art student at Leeds Metropolitan University, just entering my third and final year. Although I live in Leeds during term time, I’m originally from a small village called Goosnargh in Lancashire. One thing most people know me for is that I have a pet parrot called Stephen, who only has one wing, but I still love him nonetheless.

Do you prefer painting or creating 3D art?

Originally I started off as a painter, usually figurative and quite analytical in style. But when I became more independent and started creating a practice for myself I realized painting wasn’t for me. Over the last two years I made the transition from 2D to 3D, creating more sculptural based pieces.

What materials do you like to work with?

Well, being a student I rarely have money, certainly not enough money to buy enough art supplies or materials. So I started asking people I knew to give me anything they were throwing out and in turn I would create art out of these ‘donated’ materials. I was once given a bag of about forty Beanie Babies (popular stuffed animals of the 90’s) and turned them into taxidermy and mounted their heads on small wooden plaques. I’m always been given a range of different objects such as clothing, fabric, utensils and toys. Because of the vast differences in objects I’m given, each sculpture is different. I’ve made a hare out of a chord jacket, and a humming bird created entirely out of a leather handbag.

Who inspires your work?

I think it’s more a question of ‘what’ inspires my work. Animals have always featured in my art, I’m not entirely sure why I just seem to be drawn to them and I think people have a certain connection with animals when they are viewed as art. A common theme is for me to fashion an animal form out of fabric and old pieces of clothing, so sometimes it’s the material I use that inspires me to create a certain piece. Sculptor Sally Matthews has always inspired me as her life sized animal figures are breathtaking and she is undeniably one of the reasons why animals play a heavy part in my own work. In particular is American artist Tara Donovan, who creates visually stunning installation pieces and sculptures out of everyday objects such as paper plates and pencils. I can really relate to her practice of making the mundane into the imaginative. Another American artist is Mark Jenkins, known for his street installations made out of sellotape, again playing with that idea of using ordinary objects and materials to create art.

Whats your favourite peice of art you’ve created and why?

In my first year of university I got the opportunity to take part in an exhibition held at Leeds Broadcasting Place. I created a sculpture of a larger than life peacock fashioned from individual strips of blue velvet fabric. The fabric was wrapped and pleated in a way to suggest that the structure of the peacock was folded into shape. I sooner adopted this style with my latter sculptures and became a common motif of my work. The peacock was meant to stand on a plinth but it wasn’t made in time so it ended up standing on an upside down recycling bin. This wouldn’t have been my first choice but it really worked and the bin became a permanent feature. The tail of my peacock was overly exaggerated in length, spanning ten meters of blue velvet, which trailed down to the floor and circled the room. The peacock was a real turning point for me, and that’s way it’s my favorite. I see this sculpture as a signature piece that has shaped my practice, and without it I don’t think I would have done half the work I’ve made since.

Whats next for you?

I would love to be a practicing artist but realistically I probably won’t be able to support myself doing this. I’ve always wanted a career in the creative industries and to work for an art department or designer on film and television sets, or even theatre productions. But art will always be a huge part of my life and I will continue with it alongside any job I do in the future.

Thanks for reading!

Rebecca Roslyn