My work explores the past in the present, informed by irreverence to, and reconstruction of, modern idols through a number of processes including domestic graffiti. I am inspired by artists who challenge societal beliefs and undermine popular culture in their work. I for example draw on the works of Blek Le Rat… Read More
My work explores the past in the present, informed by irreverence to, and reconstruction of, modern idols through a number of processes including domestic graffiti. I am inspired by artists who challenge societal beliefs and undermine popular culture in their work. I for example draw on the works of Blek Le Rat and Annette Messager whose practices, whilst very different, both pervert the commonplace on a number of humorous, political and/or critical levels, bending it to their will in order to express their perspectives on life.
I work across the mediums using whatever creative materials I sense are needed for any given piece and I draw on the palette and forms of Chagall, Raoul Dufy, Klee and Kandinsky whose broad use of colour feeds the surreal nature of a world unshackled by gravity. Having spent much of my life as a journalist trapped within the confines of fact, embracing fantasy and play is, for me, immensely liberating and a powerful creative force.
Old toys fascinate me unceasingly. They have the imprimatur of play upon them - the more broken, chipped and worn the better. These icons communicate directly with my sense of play and how this changes across time. They allow me to share the touch of children from the past and resonate with my own journey into adulthood. I use them to create a personal and artistic narrative in 3D dioramas.
The same applies to the use of old magazines and images, especially from the 50s and 60s. Like Sir Peter Blake, Richard Hamilton and Andy Warhol, I explore the alteration of ‘message’ with time, in particular the period of my own lifetime, through the manipulation and bastardization of mass media.
Despite a love for the Modern Period, I am deeply attracted to primitive art, in particular that of the Cro-Magnons and although their images are forty thousand years old, I believe them to be relevant today. I understand them as originators of what we today call graffiti. Read Less
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