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I was encouraged to diversify from this figurative work, and, under the influence of my dissertation study I briefly forayed into politically motivated works such as Flag Weaving
My real interest however is with personal rather than political forces.
work concerns itself with internal architectural corners. It seeks to
examine the space within corners as a metaphor for the human condition,
linking the physical restrictions imposed by corners with the feelings
of despair that accompany the experience of 'being cornered' I use the
materials lead and steel. Steel is used because its rigidity and strength
reflect the structural rigidity of the corner. Lead, because, of all materials
lead carries the connotation of permanence and impermeability. As such
it is the perfect medium for expressing that, which cannot be changed.
Lead has a feeling of death about it, aside from the fact that it is used
to line coffins. The very nature of lead as a material, the fact that
it has no springiness, that it will not ring when struck, ads to the feeling
of a 'dead' metal. Hope Springs Eternal utilizes lead to create a tight,
restricting and yet tactile corner. The surface of this corner is patterned
with an embossed tile effect, which emphasizes the relentless permanence
of the enclosed
The principle change in my work has been the realization that it is not essential to depict the human form, to engage human empathy. When the work is minimal the viewer is the figurative element.