Personal Works


“2020”

Finished Cardboard Sculpture/ Installation (awaiting a space for exhibition).

I started this sculpture by thinking how much it had previously rained and the frailty of human existence. As I began making the TV, the corona virus came into focus and the public consciousness, and then drastically impacted and changed everyone’s life forever. The effect of this virus has reminded me how we are one world, one people: fragile at our core, but strong through strength of unity.

Watching the fragile nature of the world, the environment, and the people who live in it, it does feel like some days we are running out of time, but I am still hopeful! As Amnesty International says ‘What unites us is greater than what divides us’

The impact of the Coronavirus has been devastating; the UK and worldwide Lockdown has effected every part of the economy, and the welfare of society as a whole, the question ‘are we still living in a time of profit before people?’ has never appeared to be so pertinent.

I wanted to make this a 2-part sculpture that could also operate as an installation where you could sit next to or look over the shoulder of the seated figure to join them in watching the worldwide events unfold.

In wanting to make the TV a significant focal point for my seated sculpture, I wanted to include reference to symbols that had appeared recently, such as the NHS rainbow.  I also wanted to reference the fragile nature of the world and faltering political responses to the requirement to care and protect its people. I have chosen a selection of films and documentaries that have become paper DVDs in the sculpture as a way of considering current, past, and potential future events as points for reflection.

Working Sequence (lockdown sculpture)

Work in progress towards an artwork called ‘Effects of the Lockdown.’ A sculpture of my teenage son. Inspired by the UK lockdown and potential impact on the younger generation,
Starting with scale drawings and then construction of a cardboard portrait. I build sections and pieces that can be fitted and assembled into a larger whole. Within these photographs you can see how I developed shape and structure and how this was used to build form and volume. I also wanted to develop a sculpture that uses cardboard to remind us that we are all fallible. It was my intention to show this through the cohesive and fragmented nature of the surface detail.

During the lockdown, the sculpture developed to incorporate a mobile phone. I felt the mobile phone had become an essential and overly reliant piece of technology for many people. I wanted to consider the concept of ‘Contact and Tracing’ technology, will we be set free by it?

The work went through another set of conceptual developments as I carried on working.

‘Yellow Brick Road’ – Definition (Oxford University Press) – A course of action that a person takes believing that it will lead to good things.

The phone screen is coated in charcoal – where are our answers?  The sculpture incorporates deconstructed elements, revealing an up turned tree, representing a possible spine and exposed nerve endings, or as a metaphor for lung health in these Covid-19 times when deforestation could give rise to an increase in health events.

Cardboard Self (2009)

As the title suggests this was an attempt to build a cardboard portrait from cardboard which is 2/3 life size.

The portrait is built upon a large scale cardboard skull which is visible through the back sections of the portrait.  This portrait is the continuation of the ethos of my art production; to inspire and make accessible 3D art processes. Prior to being sold to a private collector, this work had been in many exhibitions and accompanied me to school art workshops. When I give presentations to pupils and students of all ages I use various examples of my work to present the possible. I share a vision that is based in adaption and innovation. It is work that is to be touched and interacted with, anyone can attempt to produce similar work.

self portrait
self portrait
self portrait
self portrait

Sitting without Purpose (1998)

This life sized sculpture is made entirely from recycled cardboard and glue. The detailing is created by carving away cardboard, then cutting and attaching increasingly smaller layers of cardboard until a life-like quality is achieved.

As an artist with a physical disability, I had to find a way that I could physically build a large scale sculpture using accessible materials and techniques. To overcome this, I built the sculpture in sections that I could assemble and fix together.

I have worked with this method and medium for many years as it is an inexpensive material, readily available and capable of creating sculptures of a scale and stature comparable to any other traditional art material. By using a utilitarian material I am able to make my art work accessible to a wider audience. Ingrained in my process is the desire to teach and demonstrate this working method so that regardless of status or ability others can access a way of realizing ideas into a three dimensional form.

Is an ordinary man who, comes home from work, at the same time each day, takes a deep breath, turns on the TV and sits in his chair and wonders why? The piece questions the idea of what it means to be sitting down and the link between the perceptions of ability and disability.

sculpture of man sat in armchair
sculpture of man sat in armchair
sculpture of man sat in armchair
sculpture of man sat in armchair
sitting without purpose - man sat in armchair