Left to right: White Church, Church, Black Church, Remnant Church
We see beautiful things, but we do not ask why they are beautiful. We do not see the tension between a building’s aesthetic value and its hierarchical significance in our own lives. This is the urgent narrative of my Church Series.
With Black Church I aimed to address the idea of the finished work acting as a relic of its artistic process, within this context of narrative urgency. The piece acts as a dark, and somewhat sinister reflection of Church, the work that enabled its production. Seen together, the two works demonstrate the duality of my subject – the obvious icon of beauty in the act of decay, and the relic of the process, suggestive of that icon’s real meaning.
Blowup questioned what we deem beautiful, and why we present that beauty using such entrenched materials and styles.
Transfer print on ink, gouache, watercolour, oil, turpentine, pastel, chalk, crayon, pencil, charcoal, wax, bleach, masking tape, and collage on paper on canvas, 1189 x 1682, 2014-15
Plastic tarpaulin, pencil, and masking tape on wooden canvas stretcher, 1189 x 1683 mm, 2015
CCD scan of A5 sketchbook drawing, printed on Epson Enhanced 200gsm matt paper, 1189 x 1683 mm, 2014-15
Cardboard, glue, framer’s tape, and acrylic primer, 300 x 150 x 150 mm, 2015
Plywood, stainless steel fittings, white acrylic primer, gloss paint, and LED panel, 1000 x 250 x 250 mm, 2015
Soft ground etching on ink, wax, crayon, and bleach on paper, 148 x 210 mm, 2014