Width: 50Height: 50Depth: 5 cm
From the artist:
I compulsively collect rubbish from my immediate environment, the roadside and pavement. I feel compelled to take pick up discarded materials seen as worthless, that in the process become ritual objects that are significant to me. The habitual collecting, hording and subsequent assemblage of these objects into art, allows me to be free of the constraints of the mainstream conventional thinking and fixed attitudes. I see the work as a direct response to my environment, as a form contemporary archaeology, a result of constant fieldwork in my environment, the collecting and reusing its signs of its material remains. This is the place and location of my inspiration as well as the source of my vast amassed hoard of ubiquitous objects. By using the objects I collect my artwork I aim (using Levi Strauss’s language) to encode and recode the messages of the recognisable parts taken from the external world and give them a new meaning, a new point of reference, though they include recognisable instructions or signs within them I feel I work with signs as concrete entities. Being neurodiverse I feel uncomfortable with words and processing written, verbal information but have an ongoing interaction with road signs/ directions and signage which naturally form part of my collection of objects and find their way into my artwork, the challenging ‘do not’, ‘beware’, ‘keep clear’, intriguing me with their meaning and how this can be recoded in my art work.