||Malathie was born in Colombo, and won a
scholarship to study sculpture at Charles University, Prague in 1968. She has worked in
many media, including painting, ceramic and stone carving.
In 1982 she became an
apprentice bronze caster to Lynn Chadwick, and later went on to set up her own bronze
foundry in Kadunnawa, Sri Lanka which she ran for seven years. Malathie now works mainly
with stone, drawing much inspiration from nature and her Buddhist faith.
She currently lives and works in South London, and says of her work: Sculpture
has enriched my life and given solace in times of deep sadness. Stone and wood require
strength and a force of precision but do not always respond predictably to pressure. They
must be respected for their own internal harmony and movement, the mysterious desire to
yield to the force of nature and the appearance of solidity, which may stand in direct
contrast to the potentially fragile interior. Stone and wood involve a constant emotional
and aesthetic challenge, both to respect the rhythms and flow of the material and to bring
something of the individual artist to the concrete visual statement of Self and Other
being created. I sincerely hope that my work has achieved this.