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My paintings and constructions are a response to the contemporary world of post-modern art and its history, fame and celebrity, technology and the infinite expansion of information. The units can be hung in any order vertically, diagonally or around corners and in combination they become a site-specific painting/sculpture hybrid. The content and meaning of the units reflect and influence the others, introducing the idea of a visual ‘grammar' and of the combination of boxes as ‘sentences' written around a space. Each piece might contain purpose-built boxes, ‘ready-mades' and conventional paintings and be built in a range of materials. Viewers/clients can ‘make' their own art by choosing pieces and combinations to suit their own spaces and ideas.
I start with
the idea of 'artist as witness'. Information from the private sphere is
pasted over and around quotations from the public sphere - the history
of art, scientific oddities, puns and word-games. The layering of private
& public makes them indistinguishable in my work, as they are in lived
experience. Their complexity is a reflection of the information-rich environment
in which we live. The viewer, entering their labyrinth, is rewarded with
irreverence and humour.
in Sheffield, Stockport & Manchester