FOR CANTERBURY OPEN STUDIOS 2005
work is mainly concerned with the natural environment and its
relationship with the urban and industrial environments. I often
use natural materials to express ideas, taking them through various
processes, such as reassembly and painting. Sometimes I combine
them with other more recognisable industrial materials. At the
core, nature is always visibly recognisable and I often use woodland
craft skills in the making process.
have created one new piece of work for the for this Open Studio
event, called "Blue Descending Stairs" which takes it's
name from a pun on work by Marcel Duchamp which was not deemed
fit for exhibition in a gallery.
Descending Stairs" is a processed willow tree, stripped naked
by removing the bark, which I made into a ball. The branches are
split and pegged back into the trunk to form a spiral and are
painted to give the work a higher level of artificiality, though
the spiral in itself depicts one of nature’s most common
forms. There are two maquettes of the piece in the garden which
were both made from willow.
other sculpture for this event, called "The Whins" (another
word for gorse) was made for an earlier woodland exhibition and
stood for some time in the actual place where the clump of gorse
from which it is made was growing.
Again It is given a level of artificiality by paint, this time
oil-based screen printing ink, a medium used only for art purposes.
The colours are exaggerated versions of those found naturally