This Is The Centre
As with the Victoria Baths series, the square format re-emerges; the square, a shape fundamental, immutable and primary; these green squares bound within a square. Continuing the theme of the work below, these are to some extent about what lies beneath and how this interacts with the surface. Influences are many – there is a hint of street art emerging from the Urban series together with the process of conceal and reveal or unveil.
These pieces on canvas have undergone many transformations over time. Recently, when in a mediative mood, I felt ready to white out and reveal, to conceal and scrape back, a time straddled between lockdown and exit strategy
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Pink Line Protects
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These pieces have been created in response to the Pandemic at various stages
And so we begin to move freely Created during lockdown in mid May looking ahead to the proposed exit strategy.
This piece is in the Royal West of England Academy Open from 2nd December 2020 until March 2021
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And so we move freely
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Isolation and Lucky Dip
I had been creating work for a solo exhibition, Mesh, a series of Urban inspired mono screen prints in vibrant, fluorescent colours; hung in Manchester, locked down before previewed.
On 23rd March, as we went into lockdown, I returned to these neons moving quickly between two canvasses. Intentionally ‘in your face’ and jarring, the titles arrived once the work was completed. With its hints of fairgrounds and circus tops, Lucky Dip reminds me that life can be a lucky dip, a significant proportion of life chances related to where, when and to whom we are born. Fortunately mitigated by our capacity to choose our response to circumstances, we can shape our destiny.
‘Rolled round in earth’s diurnal course’
Reworking an earlier canvas, this piece, a palimpsest, grew out of a previous layer, visually retaining its history. The title, a line from one of Wordsworth’s Lucy poems, ‘A Slumber Did My Spirit Steal’ acknowledges the eternal nature of gestation, birth and death; the rhythm of life.
Created by recycling elements of my earlier artworks, rather than found material, these assemblages are temporal, visual evidence of a natural, universal process of self transformation. Continuously reframing and reconstructing our understandings of the past in the light of new experiences, we aim to pursue happiness and survive better in this world. Our perspectives develop and shift as our awareness grows. And so it is with these assemblages. Cutting up and reassembling my own artwork, evolving something new from the existing, is a physical reminder of this ongoing, often subconscious, psychological process.