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Drawing 1

Made from a self portrait and a found image of a primate. Copying the monkey’s pose I wanted to put myself literally alongside her, and it felt uneasy. Making larger scale charcoal drawings on found wood has become an important part of my process. I enjoy working at a larger scale and the interaction between …

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Mangabay

The mangabay image is from a favourite childrens animal annual of mine called ‘Introducing Animals’ from the 50s. the pictures are all made in a zoo, and I think the monkey, natural to the Congo, looks a bit board, hand on his knee, legs stretched out on the dirt floor of his enclosure. Some of …

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Blue Fish

I made this drawing on a train journey from a reference image found in a 50s book about the fishing industry. The paper is the reverse of a military print retrieved from a framed acquisition at my local art auction house. It is intended to highlight the long and rather unequal relationship between humans and …

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The bison

The Bison is sourced from my animal annual ‘Introducing Animals’ the portraits of animals do give them some dignity, but you sense that the enclosures are always just a bit too small for animals who are used to roaming wide and far. Although it is probably the case that this animal was born in captivity …

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Polar bear

A quick creative process lead to this piece, the circuit board the bear walks on was found at the beach, the wood from outside someone’s house in Penzance, and the bear from Ebay. It is obvious to say that we could not have a more poignant symbol of the climate change problems we all face …

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Cow one Christ

Somehow making work for the Cabinet exhibition at Daisy Laing’s gallery in Penzance allowed ‘Cow one Christ’ to come together. Finding a cabinet and an orange wall at the gallery focused the elements, which I had been living with for a while, of this assemblage in my mind. Again the themes of capitalism, large agribusiness …

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Golden Panda

This assemblage was the product of a long process of finding the various objects and trying multiple ways of joining them together. The key idea was the hollowing out and gilding of the found wooden block. The weather beaten driftwood appeared on Mounts Bay Beach after a storm. The poses of the figure and panda …

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