Bulls Eye

stylish moves

Dancing words

Jamaica Project

Super Villains

WHITE NOISE

Patterns

Found

What does your junk say about you? How can our unloved appliances paint a picture of our lives? While living in London I captured a library's worth of photos of discarded and unloved household objects that I fell in love with. Working with these images I began to think about the various ways these discarded items could reveal something deeper about the society from which they were ejected. Whilst a fridge or washing machine abandoned into urban or suburban sprawl can appear amusingly out of place, it also leads to thoughts about what caused the object to end it's life in that situation. Have they been replaced by a newer shinier model? Are they broken or unfunctional in some way? Have they been displaced to create more space? With these questions in mind I began creating my own narratives and personalities for these vulnerable objects. Some rail against society, some accept their fate and others feel better on the outside living life on their own terms.

The paintings are created using a number of techniques, from brightly coloured stencilled patterns to precise line drawing and paint work. Text from popular culture, sensational news headlines, as well as everyday phrases and snippets of overheard conversations on the bus add to the playful narratives. The viewer is invited to engage in various discourses created by a juxtaposition of text and discarded subject. Both humour and image quietly subvert, as the odd and amusing aspects of the displaced items become a harsh reminder of our own impact on the world. My use of bold colours, repetition, humour and text reveal my fascination with Pop Art and it's appropriation and implementation of styles used in advertising. Echoing these influences the paintings comment on the reality of a  materialistic ‘throw-away’ culture and the process of aging.

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      The End is Not The End, Ink & Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm

                    

     A Bird in the Hand, Ink & Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm

         

     Bam Bam, Ink & Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm

    

     Shaking All Over, Ink & Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm


     Stand and Deliver, Ink & Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm


   Time Waits for No Machine, Ink & Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm


     Best Laid Plans, Ink & Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm


     Wrestling Midgets, Ink & Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm


     Don't Play with Me, Ink & Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm

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     Eat, Drink and be Merry, Ink & Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm


     Wholesale, Ink & Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm


     Turn Turn Turn, Ink & Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm


    Riding on Rails, Ink & Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm


   People Like Us, Ink & Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm


    We Could Have Been, Ink & Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm


    When I Grow Up, Ink & Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm

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