Figurehead

I’m all prepped and ready for delivery tomorrow to the Workers Gallery in Ynyshir. My new show Methodology opens on Thursday with a launch party on Saturday afternoon. I have boxes and bubblewrap everywhere and it’s going to be a logistical challenge to get it all in the car.

One that I’m having to leave behind is this piece. Figurehead actually started life as a photograph by Devon artist Wendy Elford. I started collaging it a while ago whilst running a collage masterclass at Workers Gallery and I never went any further than cutting a few shapes to demo it to the participants in my class. I’ve been desperate to get back to the photograph and do something with it but I didn’t want to go through the motions and create something in the same style of things I’ve created before.

Meanwhile I had a Barbie head whose unruly hair has meant I haven’t been able to find a use for it in my Automata series. A strange eureka moment hit me on Saturday night and I decided to combine the unfinished photographic collage with the unruly Barbie head. The result is as you see below. Figurehead explores the idea of historical nautical figureheads and how these can relate to contemporary cultural icons. It also plays with mermaids and mythology as well as all sorts of other references and inferences.

But, like I said, Figurehead hasn’t made the final cut. This is partially due to the glue still drying, but also because it is needed for the opening of Divided by the Meltwater which opens at Swansea College of Art on June 17th.

So that’s another date for your diary. Join me this Saturday 2-4pm at Workers Gallery, Ynyshir for the launch party of Methodology. Or swing by and see Divided by the Meltwater in Swansea later in the month.

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