Tilly

‘Curation’ – ‘Tilly’ – Found object assemblage   I was at the London Palladium for a rock concert earlier this month. A very old fashioned and ornate venue – strangely at odds with the mood of the evening and most of the band’s fans. They opened with a ‘pastiche’ newsreel featuring the band headlining on ‘Sunday Night at the London … Read More

Joan Miro – Assemblage – Found Objects and Figures

Joan Miro – Figure and Bird, Bronze 1968   I was lucky enough to spend a long weekend in Barcelona this summer. Such an amazing city – lovely people and fabulous architecture. I was delighted by Gaudi, but I think the highlight for me was probably Fundacio Joan Miro.   It is a spacious purpose-built gallery situated on Montjuic with wonderful … Read More

Lest we forget

‘Curation’ – ‘Lest we forget’   This little figure, with her head bowed and a far away look in her eye, is the personification of contemplation and mindfulness. Made entirely from found objects, she wears a little ceramic ‘helmet’, her neck is glass and her body a broken vase decorated with faded foliage and a bird motif.  She was inspired, … Read More

The White Feather

‘Curation’ – ‘The White Feather’ This angelic but determined little figure in her oyster shell skirt and tiny oyster shell bonnet is striding purposefully brandishing a white feather. One of her arms – and the ‘ground’ beneath her feet – is made of bone. White feathers are symbolic of cowardice, danger and impeding doom but can also indicate the presence … Read More

The Lost Sheep

‘Curation’ – ‘The Lost Sheep’ Sometimes the forms of my foreshore finds suggest something to me the minute I see them. In this instance I found a piece of rough textured ceramic with an ‘ear’ attached.   Back in the studio I partnered it with a cloud-shaped fragment of painted polystyrene which I’d had for a while and a few bits … Read More

Pipe Dream

‘Curation’ – ‘Pipe Dream’ I photograph these ‘curations’ before dismantling them into their component parts for re-use or re-incorporation into different forms. This strikes me as the most appropriate and sustainable way of working with these unique ‘treasures’.  Many are retrieved from the brackish estuary or beaches of North Kent, swept in on the tide and reclaimed later that same … Read More

Boy with Boat

‘Curation’- ‘Boy with Boat’ The assemblages (or ‘curations’ as I like to call them) that I have been creating over recent months – are composed of fragments I have found, foraged, mud-larked or beachcombed.  Each component is placed, arranged and re-arranged, often many times, until I achieve an outcome that resonates. They can take the form of abstract utensils, mythological … Read More

A Good Listener

‘Curation’ – ‘A Good Listener’ Since moving to this part of Kent I have become a regular mud-larker.  The Thames Estuary is rich in fragments of history from Neolithic times to the present day.  I often take myself for walks along the foreshore and have amassed an interesting collection of ‘finds’.  I enjoy displaying these, playing around with them and … Read More