2nd August - 30th September 2016
Three tutors from Artpocket present their work in this exhibition. Initially the works seem to be vastly different from each other in terms of materials, themes and approaches.
However there are connections to be made through process, the idea of re-tracing steps, re-working a surface and undoing in order to re-create.
Wartime stories, photographs and reconnaissance maps inform my ideas. Found scars and saw marks on wood lead to imagery suggestive of secret escape tunnels and aerial viewpoints. Architectural blueprints, functional, industrial buildings and construction influence the compositions of more recent work. The selection of materials and process are integral to my work; spent engine oil suggests elbow grease and hard graft - in recognition of the workmen in my life.
My work starts with lots of ideas that I gradually let go, and as this occurs the surface undergoes constant change.
What's left, I hope, is something essentially equivocal.
The work is concerned with ideas of deceit, disguise and subversion. It plays with Freud's idea that weaving is woman's only contribution to culture and is one which hides the true nature of life.
This body of work looks at Penelope, the wife of Odysseus, and her contrivance to delay her suitors by insisting that she weave her wedding veil. By day she could be seen weaving and each night she would unravel the days work.