Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Public vs Private space

I noticed this partially demolished building near Camberwell last week. It reminded me of a Gordon Matta-Clark building cut. The removal of the exterior wall on this block of flats has exposed the interior spaces to the public gaze. The sight of this building made me think about what is considered a private versus what is considered a public space. The exposed wallpaper in each of the different flats invokes the sedimentation of the former occupant's lives. It's quite disorientating to see these private details so publicly available. 

'Egg, nest, house, country and universe' exhibition

'Egg, nest, house, country and universe' was the title of the MA Drawing and Designer-Maker curated exhibition taking place this week at college. I wanted to convey the idea of homeliness. This image represents a slightly different style of working that I'm developing in tandem with the screen printing.

'Disappearing' exhibition

I submitted this print to the 'Disappearing' Exhibition which is taking place this week at college. The image is similar in the theme and style to what I've been doing over the past couple of months though I think the tone is more hopeful than previous works.

Friday, 16 January 2009

Thomas hicks

Gravenhurst - I turn my face to the forest floor from Thomas Hicks on Vimeo.

I intend to bring a animation into my work and my friend Lizzie suggested I take a look at Thomas Hicks.

I really like his work. I love the scratchy lines and jerky movements and the way he uses monotone to create a sort of sinister atmosphere. See more of his inspiring work here.

Thursday, 8 January 2009

'Wave 2008' exhibition

This print that is currently being exhibited in the WAVE 2008 Exhibition in Canada. The theme of the exhibition is 'Blurring Boundaries' and the title of my piece is 'Let's make everywhere the same'.

The concept for this piece is the loss of cultural identity which occurs in the redevelopment of cities and traditional urban areas. Some photographs from the exhibition can be viewed

Sunday, 4 January 2009

(Work in) Progress?

I've been further developing the relationship between the man-made and natural worlds through the medium of screen printing. These images explore not only ideas about 'urban nature' but also ideas about the effect of urbanisation on the environment. Screen print is a technique which suits this theme and style of working as it enables elements of the picture to be layered and repeated. Through layering and mechanical repetition the image become more complex and dense. This process echoes the process of urbanisation and how cities become more complex and built-up as they develop. In these images I've combined hand drawn elements with photography and more gestural mark making. More can be viewed here on my website.