My practical work has shown a development through research . a few images to show this progression
Bypass – Acrylic and tar on canvas
Air, steel and tar– Acrylic and tar on steel
An example of materials used from the site and the appropriation of objects
Displacement – Concrete and steel on board
Evident in the work is my influence of the environment and by that i mean my doorstep . It is the changing landscape that is influencing me . it aims to explore the layer and strata of the evolving land . the importance of materials has become important in the realization of this .
I include my statement and proposal for further clarification
My influence has been the construction of a 140 million bypass road in South Devon . it has obviously stirred up a bit of controversy with environmentalists and residents but for me it’s almost a piece of artwork in itself . It is the change and sumersion in place that is driving me and i spend many a day their working , and speaking to residents and road workers to build up an holistic picture .
Colour’s a Confusion and gets in the way
It’s how I see… it deepens my sense of what colour is there by eschewing the colour.
What I see on a cold April morning in 2004 – 300 feet up looking down the Thames – is best and more accurately, and actually, conveyed through not having a palette of oil paint, than having a palette of oil paints.
The colour would be a cul-de-sac, the colour would be a blind, the colour would immediately refer back to Claude, would refer back to Turner, would refer back to Constable. The very things that would suck you into a way of painting that is not only referential – it is almost subjugated by that tradition.
As I work I can empathise with Virtues statement . if your prime concern as an artist is to examine the change then it becomes a matter of changing forms . Yes the colours change but that is a mere consequence of those changing forms so why should the concern be with colour . In this respect it unnecessary.