‘AUGURY’, the ancient Roman practice of interpreting omens from the observed flights of birds. The wording on ‘AUGURY’ references the names given by the Israeli army to military offensives in Gaza and the counter-offensives of Hamas. These names are sourced from nature, from the Torah and from the Quran. ‘AUGURY’ emerged from an extreme felt sadness that both God’s creation and sacred religious texts are violated and become interwoven with acts of violence and destruction.
I have been carving letters in stone since 2000. My love of stone began as a child searching for fossils in the chalk downlands of West Sussex. A desire to carve letters into stone emerged from working as a drystone dyker. The commissions I most like to work on are pieces that will stand as indoor objects that become part of the daily lives of those who commission me.
Alex Holmes has been carving letters in stone since 2000. He lives and works in Fife.