Tom Waugh has developed his own Sculptural practice alongside traditional figurative and decorative carving. His Sculptural work is hyper-realistic and depicts discarded items of waste rubbish carved in stone.
The current geological era is the Anthropocene Epoch and is marked by significant human impact on the Earth's geology and ecosystems. Waugh’s sculptures highlight concerns about our environment using the traditional materials and techniques of stone sculpture. In these works discarded objects document the minute imprints of human use. Bags, boxes and cans are squashed, crushed and wrinkled whilst still displaying the traces of mass production. There are echoes Baroque drapery, ‘Pop Art’ and ‘Objet Trouve’ but ultimately the works seeks to explore the transience of human life in stark contrast to the permanence of stone and marble.