Cheeseburn is showing sculpture by Russ which combines his fascination with concrete, casting and stone together with an installation of gilded and polished stone pieces across the Terrace Garden adjacent to Cheeseburn Grange Hall.
“I wish that I could say that I make wondrous and diverse artworks for complicated and clever reasons.But in truth I am just trying to make sense of my life and experiences. At heart I am still the 8 year old boy wanting to show you what he has discovered outside in the yard. I use the sum of my learning both in the physical and the cerebral. my years of manual labour in the building and construction industry and the decade spent carving memorials and lettering inscriptions feed into the meditations and processes that I have harnessed as a sculptor over the last twenty three years. I see no hierarchy of materials, only there suitability for differing uses, “its all star dust”. I do like hard stones for the fact that they may hold a form for centuries more than other materials. I like concrete for its various properties, being at differing stages a stone then a powder then a liquid then a form of stone again.”