Et tu Gorbachev. The socialist fraternal embrace between Mikhail Gorbachev and Erich Honecker (the General Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany and therefore controlled the government of the German Democratic Republic) during the former's visit to East Germany for the 40th anniversary of the raising of the Berlin Wall (6–7 October 1989). I … Continue reading Stabilising minute moments
Still more values
There's a point, isn't there, where something you've been doing a while turns a gear. It's often a petri dish accident. When I work on digital images I use a bright, contrasting colour as a background to help me see where I've missed bits and how much is left to do. I started noticing that … Continue reading Still more values
I continued my study of values but could not, for love nor money, contain myself to three. I've used a photograph of my father (left) with his brothers on the beach at Riccione in the early 1940s. I love how my uncle's arm is draped over my dad so gently and casually. And protectively. He … Continue reading More values
When I was first learning to paint the thing they teach you from the get-go is to understand values. I set myself a personal project to reduce everything into just a few values: white, black and as many or few shades of grey in between. I tried for three in total (white, black and one … Continue reading Values
From collage to digital
I wanted to use some of the analogue, paper-based work I make and see what I could do with it in a digital incarnation. This one is from a Tate brochure cover. I have used the outline of the dancer in various ways, here stained with dirty turps. Here traced and butted up to the … Continue reading From collage to digital
First digital montages
The themes of layering and reuse frequently come into play in my digital world. Likewise the motif of using/playing with things that I have a personal connection with: the Islamic tile pattern is from a book my brother gave me for Christmas which I just love. To note is this outlier, below, where I start … Continue reading First digital montages
It started with some photographs I'd taken in the noughties in Amseterdam during a lazy day in the park. I took a whole roll of transparencies (a considerable and completely blind investment back in the day) of people walking past on the path in front of me. I found the scans and thought of overlaying … Continue reading Stabilising
I have several fascinations: the Kennedy assassination, the Challenger disaster, Wallis Simpson, the moon landings, the Berlin Wall, just to get started. Being an artist means being able to explore these in approaches that are unique and meaningful to me. And that is a luxury considering my background as an Experience Designer where I had … Continue reading Minute moments
Where did the Mad Hatters come from?
From the Rod Judkins encounter a takeaway was about whether, as an artist, you are an ideas person (e.g. Sophie Calle) or a process person (e.g. Peter Doig). I'm not sure you can be entirely one without the other but it was a helpful distinction. I started crashing things together in a process-oriented approach that … Continue reading Where did the Mad Hatters come from?
Think like a virus
I took a course with Rod Judkins in 2019. I leave it for him to explain his approach in detail. In summary it amounts to crashing ideas together, using things that interest you. And to think while making (rather than design before making). He asks some medical students to create a virus (how prescient!) and … Continue reading Think like a virus