Creative Work: Sculptor Steve Eastwood

Sculptor Steve Eastwood is disabled as a result of a stroke at 19. Initially the prognosis for recovery was poor, and during his lengthy period of time in rehabilitation, he was exposed to pottery and started exploring sculpture. Today, he produces sculpture and also teaches a pottery class for disabled students.

Here’s some of his work:

A limestone sculpture of a man with flowing hair and a very expressive face, and a giant pair of wings.

‘Angel of the Midlands,’ a sculpture done in limestone.

A resin sculpture of David triumphant over Goliath's head. He's leaning on his sword and has his head propped on his other hand, looking down at the head on the ground.

‘David and Goliath,’ a resin casting.

And a segment on him, done by the BBC. It’s a bit patronising, especially at the end, but I thought some people might be interested in seeing him at work in his studio:

Transcript below the fold! (Note, this appearance is from 2008.)

Transcript:

Video opens on two announcers in a studio:

Announcer one: ‘…middle aged. Not necessarily so. Imagine having one while you’re still just a teenager.’

Announcer two: ‘Well, that’s what happened to one man from Staffordshire. He was left partially paralysed and unable to walk or talk. But far from it being the end, he became a sculptor, and as Ben Sitwell reports, he’s just opened his first exhibition.’

Clip cuts to a man working on a sculpture, with solemn piano music playing. A voiceover begins as we see shots of Eastwood working in his studio.

Sitwell: ‘When Steve Eastwood from Stafford had a stroke at the age of 19, it changed his life forever. Until then, he’d been following a career in engineering, but he was left paralysed down his right side, unable to walk or talk, and ready to give up on life.

Eastwood: ‘I felt like committing suicide. I was gonna kill myself, but I thought there’s a God or somebody up there that is giving me a second chance.’

Sitwell: ‘It was during his time in rehabilitation that Steve was first introduced to pottery. He enjoyed it so much he went on to college before taking sculpting up as a career.’

Eastwood: ‘It takes me longer to do it, as I can’t really got the control of the mallet and chisels.’

Sitwell: ‘That means each one of his sculptures can take more than two years to finish. This year, Steve turned 40, and has just opened his first ever exhibition.’

Eastwood: ‘I don’t wish on anyone to go through the pain, anger, frustration, that I’ve gone through. It’s…having my stroke. That it made me come up with the sculptures around me.’

Sitwell: ‘If you want to see more of Steve’s work, his exhibition is on at the ancient High House in Stafford until the 31st of December. Ben Sitwell, BBC Midlands Today, Stafford.’

Cut back to the studio.

Announcer one: ‘Isn’t that a remarkable story!’

Announcer two: ‘Stroke or not, that’s gorgeous stuff.’

Announcer one: ‘Yeah…good luck with that exhibition, Steve. Shall we get back to the poolside now…’ (cuts to another segment)

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2 thoughts on “Creative Work: Sculptor Steve Eastwood

  1. I’m amazed at the expressiveness of some of these faces. The video might be a bit patronizing at times, but I like what the woman says in the end, “Stroke or not, that’s gorgeous stuff.” Summarizes my feelings exactly.

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