Wood, oil paint, dyed archive fabric, dyed khadi rag paper, gummed tape, spot lights. Variable size
Throughout various zones in the countryside there are usually dens, sometimes made by inhabitants of that space, or unknown visitors, strange interventions sitting somewhere between the personal and the eerie.
Creating a space that relies on the process of making something in that space, in order to discover why it has been made in the first place, has an inherent paradox. Can the relationship between the process of making and the environment of the maker be explored in terms of the external versus the internal?
Spatial relationships are uncovered between objects, materials, colours and forms, and the mutability of the different materials captured within their environment, their liminal qualities explored alongside notions of dereliction.
Much like a studio space a den in the woods might function as a hideaway but it could also signify a meeting point between the interior and exterior, a shroud over a world that has within it the contradiction of being, but not being seen, a membrane where different spaces collide. The den of a castaway; an abandonment, and a passage. The viewer becomes the performative human element, free to pass behind it and through as part of the work in place of the eerie absence of the maker.
The main section of this piece was made entirely of brown gummed tape, sustainable and eco friendly hardcore packing tape that works wonderfully as a sculpting medium. This is a very similar type of tape used for sealing delivery boxes, lining picture frames, and supporting shop windows to protect from flying glass due to blasts during WW2.
This ‘membrane’ is flanked by deconstructed and somewhat metamorphic sculptures and paintings. It becomes a type of studio den that both separates a person from their environment and is symbolic of them dwelling within it.
Mixed media installation
Shipwreck seeks to evoke a personal connection to the environmental crisis. It is an amalgamation of different materials: found objects and hand made sculptures, parts of paintings, wood and recycled objects including some of my own possessions. The remnants were arranged as if they were parts of a broken ship, the flotsam and jetsam of things left to the water. It was partly informed by the novel and film The Mosquito Coast.
Gummed tape, large format inkjet print, wood, plastic, wax, paper, oil paint. Variable size
Working through ideas about deconstructed spaces I created an arrangement of derelict paintings, a dark tent like structure and photographic print as a kind of expanded collage about passing through a disrupted space.
Site specific interventions.
Painted wood, borders of privately owned woodland
The space for this site specific intervention is in Norfolk. There are areas still with public access, but over time the land is repurposed and the natural habitat exchanged for something altogether more banal.
They can be seen as acts of natural graffiti that evoke a passage through a place and the change occurring within it. Returning the wood to the woodland in this way, blocking from view the background, becomes a way of erasing what is still there, a way of redacting information using similar materials which I found interesting.
I was influenced by John Divola and John Baldessari.
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