Barbican in a Box
These paintings are all painted on cardboard box lids of various sizes and shapes. The vast majority come from the cardboard packaging from a Dyson fan we bought at the height of summer. It was an enormous expense but the packaging has proved to be an important raw material for my work (for sculptures made from this same packaging - see Barbicania page). In these works, I am tangibly experimenting with the way in which urban life can be constantly salvaged and recreated. This ties in with wider themes underlying my work: whether recycling can alleviate anxiety about the future and a debate about what and how to preserve our past in a rapidly growing urban environment. In addition, some of these images juxtapose urban and natural worlds in a narrative as an imaginative response to these questions.