Where it all comes from...
Where it all comes from...
Hello, my name is Anne Marie Taberdo and I'm an ice sculptor. Over the past nine years I have been based in London but now currently residing is Sydney, Australia. Before I began my freelance venture in 2015 I developed my ice carving skills over three years as the former Head Sculptor of The Icebox in London.
I love to sculpt in all materials and at the moment my material of choice is ice. I find sculpting has become a kind of second nature to me and my endeavours into and acceptance of all its glory, wonder and struggle not only helps bring out the best in my practice but also in who I am.
Of course I wasn't born with a chisel and chainsaw in my hands but I am the makings of two incredibly crafty people: a florist and a jack of all trades, who have been clear influences in my adventures into art and sculpture. I have always been a bit of a tom-boy at heart, so floristry (unfortunately for my mother) wasn't really on the cards.
Instead, I sculpt with a chainsaw and usually in a giant freezer that is set to minus eight degrees. I am kitted out with a Michelin-man style outfit that makes me look like I am about to hit a downhill slope!
Despite this, sculpting ice is my biggest romance - the way that light radiates through its mesmerising transparency, the way it is smooth like butter to carve, its purity (both visually and chemically) and of course its beautiful ephemeral nature. Yes - I am in love!
It doesn't stop there however, in my practice, I am continually seeking to learn and build more experience and I am always interested in new commissions and interesting collaborations. Recently I have branched out into wood and sand sculpting. So if you are working on any project that you think I can add value to, I would love to hear from you!
(aka. The Ice Lady, Slammer, SlamAttack, Ammy)
Other than an experience of ice, my sculptural practice and training has been wide and varied. I completed a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in Sculpture at the National Art School in Sydney where I grew up and then went to London in 2008 to complete a Postgraduate Diploma of Fine Art in Sculpture at the City & Guilds of London Art School.
I have since then worked for Madame Tussauds making fibreglass moulds and casts and sculpting on wax head head casts of celebrities from Madonna to Ghandi. Prior to this I had the great opportunity of a twelve-month intensive traineeship at The British Museum learning to create moulds and casts of a selection of museum artefacts within the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research. Working with sculpture in both commercial and non-commercial environments has enabled me to see different facets of where sculpture can relate within various industries and most importantly has given me a strong sense of my own placement in the world of three-dimensional art. The art world in my experience can be a tough and cruel one at times, yet the joy it can also create is found within a strong belief of your ideas of what art is for you... Or something like that!