Jonathan Froud has a distinguished exhibiting history, including pieces shown at Tate Britain and The Serpentine gallery, and a one man show at The Walker gallery in Liverpool. Among his awards are The Henry Moore foundation award and the Sculpture prize at the RCA summer show. He has undertaken many private commissions including the Earth Man for Anita Roddick.
Froud’s early works explored matter and elements of nature, an oyster shell, a mathematical spiral; things actually structured by water. Initially his interest was the fluid quality of glass, then he realised water had the capability of altering the glass, chemically changing it and bonding surfaces together. Water was beginning a dialogue with the glass, one matter against another, the pieces became about conversation.
Water has become central to Froud's work. He has become more interested in the science of matter - in particular the qualities of water, and its properties, which include carrying and holding information, as well as how water is environmentally restructured, reorganized and reformed.
'We are mostly water and we are sensitive to vibrations of water, so it’s possible our emotional state creates changes the vibrational structure of water. Our engagement with matter has to happen on a multidimensional level.
My interest is in changing people’s awareness of how everything is interlinked, for me the commonality is water.’
More recently working with a landscape architect on large water projects involving natural filters to process water and keep it clean, Froud continues to explore how water moves and tranforms throughout its life.