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Many of the materials that I use are those that others have disposed of. I like to give them a new life and in return they are compliant, often generous, in their payback.
Images and form all come from handling these materials. And from memories. Landscapes from the Falkland Islands and Iceland in the main.
I use lots of papier-mâché, which I make from shredded newsprint. The older the paper the better the mix. Lots of time is spent reading the papers before shredding giving me the opportunity to adapt my ideas into what I can realistically achieve.
The material is infinitely patient and allows itself to be modified time after time. Sometimes huge chunks of painted papier-mâché are chopped off and find themselves back in the bucket ready for yet another new something.
My most recent work uses a fine film of papier-mâché painted onto canvas with a brush.
I have recently collected some blocks of stone, which have been waiting to become something new. I’ll wait and see what the roughing out process releases.
My ‘man with shoulder cat’ emerged from a stone cill dumped in a skip and was great fun to work as the shape arrived.
The longest piece in the making is a head that may be ready for the October Art trail although it is already three years old and regularly changes features. …especially his nose.
I often wonder who is the inspiration for this man but he is probably an amalgam of hundreds of people I have met.
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