Penny originally trained as a Scientific Illustrator enabling her to explore the intricacies and delicate detail of natural forms and structure and the fundamental discipline of observational draughtsmanship. These core skills provided a strong basis on which to explore the natural and human landscape in greater depth. Throughout her training and consequent working life alongside Architects and designers, she developed a deep interest in three dimensional forms and sculpture which has always been at the heart of all her work past and present.
The sense of movement and dynamics within each of Penny’s sculptures provides it with its own life and vitality. Penny tries to capture this in all her pieces, transforming inert materials into sculptures with a visible and tangible energy. There is a richness in discarded man-made metal items, skillfully made and creating their own mechanical energy, she brings that depth to new forms, re-using that energy for a different purpose, transforming their function to create a new and unique entity.
”By using discarded metal pieces, skilfully built and used to create their own mechanical energy, I hope to re-use that energy for a different purpose and exchange their function to create a new entity.Penny HardySculptor
All of Penny’s sculptures have a vitality and fundamental energy, with an intrinsic visual interest that she feels people can relate to and enjoy and share the emotion expressed.
Penny has exhibited throughout the UK since her first public exhibition of dance sculptures in 2006, including Hill House Dartington, Beaulieu Palace Gardens, Royal West of England Academy, and The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021. She works on a private commission basis and in recent years has completed commissions for clients throughout Europe and America, and as far as South Africa, Lebanon, and most recently Australia.