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.
In this work I’m exploring the relationship between the edges of my environment, the liminal space between the external and internal, and the making process to create a space within a space.
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. 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 painting that undergoes a metamorphosis through the space. It becomes a type of den that separates a person from their environment and symbolic of an artist’s dwelling.
Mixed media installation
Shipwreck is a personal connection to global warming. It is an amalgamation of different materials: found objects and hand made sculptures, parts of paintings, wood and recycled objects with some of my own possessions. The remnants were arranged as parts of a broken ship, the flotsam and jetsam of things left over. It was partly informed by the novel and film The Mosquito Coast, and infused with the fear of making art with no turning back.
Painted wood, borders of privately owned woodland
The space for this site specific intervention is a Norfolk woodland between two villages. A main road along one side helps contain the creeping manifestations within, until you bump up against its boundary and realise the rest of the trees are on the other side of the road/containment field.
These interventions are acts of natural graffiti that evoke a passage through a place and the changes occurring within it. Black holes within an environment. Returning the wood to the woodland in this way, blocking out the background, becomes a way of erasing what is still there, a way of redacting information using materials from the woodland itself to evoke the transformations that happen on the periphery of awareness.
Informing this was the film Stalker by Andrei Tarkovsky, and work by John Divola and John Baldessari.
Some additional work / collaboration can be seen here