Archive for the ‘Soft Sculptures’ Category

Knights Errant- Best of Graduation Show, Banbury Museum.

May 8th, 2010

Knights Errant- Best of Graduation Show, Banbury Museum.

The inspiration for this work came from re-reading Quentin Crisp’s autobiography ‘The Naked Civil Servant’, in which he states that an idealised ‘Great Dark Man’ does not exist. The wise, kind, brave and chivalrous ‘knight in shining armour’ is an unrealistic ideal of masculinity.The idea of knights and armour appealed to me on several levels. Firstly, the knight as an icon of masculine bravery, a heroic figure. Secondly, the idea of armour as a shell, a protective barrier to who we are, but also as an advertisement of personal status. Beneath any armour is a fallible, vulnerable person. Read the rest of this entry »

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Listening to Grasshoppers

January 9th, 2009

Listening to Grasshoppers

Tipi ‘placed’ in a natural environment.

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Were We Closer To The Ground As Children?

January 8th, 2009

Were We Closer To The Ground As Chidren?

Installation view for college assessment.

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A Drear in Florence

January 8th, 2009

A Drear in Florence. 160cm x 60cm

Detail – Inkjet printed book cover, grey flannel, leatherette and patinated upholstery tacks.

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Were We Closer To The Ground As Children?

January 8th, 2009

were-we-a5The figures on environmental destruction and extinction quoted by the artist Mark Dion were the initial catalyst for this work. Further research revealed the alarming rate at which insects and other invertebrates were becoming extinct. I discovered Internet sites that dealt in vast numbers of insect specimens, these often arranged as symmetrical patterns in tawdry box frames. It saddened me that such beautiful creatures were disappearing at such a rate, many killed simply for display as novelties. Some of these species will be lost forever. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Hard Case’ – Soft Machine Gun in fitted birch-ply case.

January 8th, 2009

Soft Machine Gun in fitted birch-ply case.

The idea for this piece was primarily concerned with male aggression and the ‘cult’ of machismo. As the piece progressed however, I realized that it also encompassed   perceptions of gender, and the roles males and females are sometimes still expected to fulfil within society. Aggression and anger seem to be increasing, but what does it achieve? Perhaps some men feel threatened by women’s increased independence and desire for more than the traditional roles they once inherited, and as a consequence of this, overcompensate by behaving more aggressively? The stereotypes of masculinity and femininity are still evident in all societies, not least our own.

The fierce denial by some men of any character trait that may be perceived as ‘unmanly’, or worse still effeminate, is still very prevalent. Read the rest of this entry »

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Soft Screw. Screw dimensions approximately 244cm. Calico and curtain lining.

January 8th, 2009

Soft Screw

Screw dimensions approximately  eight feet. Calico and curtain lining.
Originally an installation entitled ‘White Elephants’. The increased scale of the objects was designed to emphasise their uselessness.

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Screw, Paint Tube and Cap.

January 8th, 2009


Screw, Paint Tube and Cap.
This work developed as a result of my frustration at not being able to create anything during the summer vacation. I had problems with a member of the family, and all my efforts to ease a complicated situation were thwarted. I was angry, frustrated, and exhausted by all that was happening. I felt negative and unable to concentrate on anything creative. I felt useless.

I had a couple of slightly abstruse ideas, but needed to be doing something physically constructive, to be using my hands. I wanted to exercise my will, to have control over something. I had had my fill of destructive influence. I felt negative about the whole business of art, particularly sculpture. Read the rest of this entry »

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Party Gear

January 7th, 2009

Party Frocks

Knights Errant – Hysterical Romance series, two of six figures.’Narcissus’ adapted to standing posture. Both 160×60 cm.

Wadded textile, Canford card and wire on a wooden armature.

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Milton Keynes Piss Elegant Gay Social.

January 7th, 2009


Milton Keynes Piss Elegant Gay Social.Knights Errant – Hysterical Romance series, one of six figures. 160×60 cm

Wadded textile, Canford card and wire on a wooden armature.

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