Conversation Pieces is a mixed media installation made in response to the impact of Covid-19.
Having thought of the title I then discovered its historic usage which seemed serendipitous: ‘A conversation piece’ was a recognised artistic genre in England in the eighteenth century. It describes an informal group portrait, small in scale and showing people – often families – in domestic interiors or garden settings.
Media: Re-cycled cardboard, Polymer clay, acrylic paint and objets-trouves
Size: L 89cm x H 55cm x D 22cm
‘Littoral Art Work’ II (2015) (Installation/Sculpture)
‘On The Edge’ as a phrase has many associations and directions in which it could go, but because this show is at Eype, I have chosen to make the link with the sea and the shore-line and to think of the ‘edge’ in terms of the littoral, the zone that demarcates the high and low tide and to look for what the sea has thrown onto the beach out of its depths or for what the care less beach goer has lost or discarded. I made trips to Castle Cove, Ringstead Bay, Osmington, Burton Bradstock, West Bay and Eype where I collected the flotsam and jetsam with which to make this work. Inevitably, my aesthetic judgement is to the fore in the arrangement of this ‘rubbish’.