I’ve been thinking about working with plastics for a while, specifically parts of toy sets, such as the base that the main toy stands on. So far i’ve been drawing them from images on eBay and Google but I’m planning to get hold of as many as I can and experiment with arrangement, joining and maybe casting/moulding. I photographed most of this pretty collection in toys r us and asda - the squelchy looking one is a mixture of vanilla, coconut and candy floss scented shower gels on a net puff. I’m imagining a big heap of plastic balls covered in the stuff, sumptuous, sticky and suggestive - and smelling heavenly!
This lost beauty fell off the wall and got damaged on the morning of the private view. I’m a little mournful as this one is my favourite piece..
Final images for ‘To the East the Mirror’ printed at A0 and installed At Lewisham Arthouse, accompanied by some plastic friends.
To the East the Mirror is a group show bringing together recent works by members of the The Margin Collective; Monica Rivas, Kasia Coleman, Debra Welch, Victoria King, Fiona Meakin and Thea Willcocks. Here the artists make physical a dialogue that has been developing since 2009 through a series of artist’s books. Though the artists’ styles, processes and initial concerns vary the books reveal parallel thoughts where overlapping occurrences can trigger the beginnings of new landscapes.
The exhibition will run from Wednesday 25th July until Sunday 5th August, 12-6pm and will be part of the Deptford X Contemporary Visual Arts Festival.
Oh my lord…this may be what I’ve been looking for….
Ambassador Hotel by gmcclusky on Flickr.
Wow, how bizarre. Striking similarities between the way I’ve worked with the tropical toiletries imagery and this wallpaper from the now demolished Ambassador Hotel in LA. I became fascinated with this hotel after watching ‘Bobby’ a few years ago. It stuck in my mind, and a few years later I looked it up online, to find there is a book, called ‘Late Check Out’ of images of the hotel. I also found out there was a nightclub in the hotel called the Cocoanut Grove - feeding my obsession with all things mid-century Polynesian pop. For some reason, today the Ambassador sprung into my mind so I looked it up on Flickr. Astonished by the similarity to the piece I’ve made - and I’d never seen it before….
Another fake stone drawing