Sunday 2 February 2014

Recent peace of artwork: Burning Back the Layers

Burning Back the Layers, Front View

Burning Back the Layers

Burning Back the Layers, Left Side View
One of the objectives behind 'Changing Spaces' was to use the project as an opportunity to experiment with new materials and techniques. In September 2013 I was invited by a gallery in East London, The E17 Art House to show a piece of my work in a group show using the theme of books. For someone who doesn't read that much (for good reason which will be made clear later) this was going to raise the question, of what to produce for the exhibition? In addition I had problems trying to identify current work from my portfolio that would fit the into the theme of the exhibition. With this I had decided to produce a new peace for the show.

Burning Back the Layers, Right Side View
For some, reading is a form of leisure in order to unwind or relax. For me reading is the complete opposite. Reading is like burning back the layers of my brain in order to find the part which helps me understand what is been said or conveyed on the pages of a book. As someone who has dyslexia I have to have real cause to read or write, it’s a process, which does not come naturally to me. With this, I tend to only read when it has real application to what I do. Part of this practical application is reading information relating to my practice as an artist. To reflect this practical application I constructed this peace of art from a series of catalogues in relation to passed exhibitions of my work. For someone who doesn't read much I do love books, but books do not love me.

Although this piece of art has no direct association with my project, Changing Spaces, it does have a link to the general theme of my work which is regeneration; turning something old into something new. In this case turning old exhibition catalogues of my work into a pece of 3D art. If I hadnt found a use for the catalogues they would have found there way into the bin.

After The Fire