'Wasteland' considers the impact on the environment and questions the real costs, of overproduction.
Many of the titles within this body of work use textile industry and sewing terminology (‘Line up Notches’, ‘Back to Front’, ‘Cut/Make/Trim’). Others provide ironical commentaries on consumption and obsession. ‘Fetish’ explores the desire and compulsion that results in the accumulation of large numbers of handbags and shoes. In ‘Interface’, I have exposed the interfacing between poor cheap fabric and luxurious leather that speaks of inequality and conflict across incompatible boundaries.
For more than thirty years I have explored materials through printmaking, textiles, painting and installation. I began my art practise as a printmaker, and in recent years I have returned to print processes, using the detritus of industry to make my work.
My ‘Outsourcing’ series of collagraph prints examines the clothing industries practise of outsourcing garment manufacturing to poorer countries. Unpicking linings, tugging apart layers and discovering strange interiors, I have deconstructed leather clothing and printed the individual pattern pieces. Oily ink translates the imprints of skin (animal and human), and of the work of those that handled, stitched, wore and fondled it.
I've finally finished, packed and posted thirty two prints for my solo exhibition at Taller Galeria Fort, Cadaques, Spain. There is still some work to do, flattening and preparing extra unframed prints, but I'm very happy that one of each print is safely there and being framed ready for my opening on July 18th.
I'll be spending a week in Venice before the show, having a look at the Biennale, then I will travel to Cadaques for the opening and also to be one of the judges of the 2015 Miniprint International of Cadaques. After that I will probably spend some time in Barcelona. It's a great time for me to go as it's winter here, so I will have 5 weeks of summer fun and relaxation...and maybe a bit of work too.