Remains to be seen

Amanda and Björn Sjöling are partners in life and art. Living and working together in Poole, Dorset. They create their bronze sculptures in a self-built studio.

Björn has a natural affinity for all things mechanical. From a very young age, an old clock or carburettor would set him quietly dissecting for hours, happily lost in a maze of discovery. Over 40 years, this insatiable curiosity has equipped him with a remarkable skill set including a degree in engineering. This background proved essential in accomplishing the intricacies of their museum grade artworks.

Amanda has long been enchanted by the beauty of the natural world, osteology being of particular interest. She has a fascination for the human body, namely its role as an organism for living and especially as a vessel of expression.

skull in wax before casting on its tree

Bones were a natural starting point for their sculptures, integrating their individual passions in the mechanical, anatomical and creative domains.

shelled skull full of bronze cooling down

‘Remains To Be Seen’ is their most determined project to date, pushing the scope of their work in both technical and conceptual terms.
It sees them bring to life a series of endo and exo-skeletons, reproducing these natural structures with an extraordinary attention to detail and a breathtaking technical finesse.
With their typical humour they point out that a skeleton has no body, hence NoBody was born.

By peeling away the external layers of our physical being, Amanda & Björn reveal the inherent beauty concealed within our own bodies. Once exposed, these bones become a powerful symbol of our humanity. Free of race, creed and gender, skeletons represent everyone. Despite lacking face or voice, these figures remain extraordinarily expressive, gracefully highlighting the subtle importance of body language.

It is easy to forget how incredible bone structures are. 520 million years ago Trilobites, the first creatures with a complex and articulated bone structure, wore them externally. These incredible organisms had the first sophisticated sight on the planet, with lenses made of optical calcite. Their contemporary, the Horseshoe Crab, can still be seen scuttling around our shores today, unchanged in well over 450 million years.

weapon of choice at hand to destroy the shell mould