“My attraction to wild animals was born of the desire to connect with and discover something in their nature, which has long ago been lost within ourselves.”

Working only with layer upon layer of galvanized wire, artist Kendra Haste creates incredibly lifelike sculptures of animals large and small.

What captivates her most about studying animals is identifying the spirit and character of the individual creatures. It’s a passion that’s taken her around the world, travelling to Africa and India to observe her incredible subjects.

With each sculpture, Kendra aims to create a sense of the living, breathing subject in a static three-dimensional form, attempting to convey the emotional essence without indulging in the sentimental or anthropomorphic. And whilst these pieces can take months to finish, Kendra barely notices the time go by, losing herself in the undulating forms of her unique sculptures.

Kendra is fascinated by how such a seemingly ordinary medium is capable of suggesting “the sense of movement and life, of contour and volume, the contrasts of weight and lightness, of solidity and transparency”, values that she finds in her natural subjects.

Photography by Francesca Jones