My practice is currently going through massive change!
I had been working with print, showing industrial buildings in the way I see them: as beautiful examples of how form is created around function. I showed them in bright colours and very blue skies (my favourite being the column-guided gas-holders).
I have now become very interested in the plastic I find on the beach. Initially, I was only collecting brightly coloured plastic which was shaped funnily, or like cute animals. It started to change when I realised how much there was of string, plastic bags and wet wipes.
Once I began walking with my own bags, I started to pick up all the plastic and related products I could find. I wanted to show, through the photos of my collection, what a responsibility we all share to look after our world.
Initially, I just photographed the pile or piles of what I had found – but I soon realised I could make something more interesting, and highlight the different items which crop up by laying the plastic out in groups of colour and monochrome.
Before moving to East Anglia I used to work with street litter as a print medium (although I didn’t advertise the fact that it was litter!) So my current switch is not so strange: the connection through all my work is in the colour and the local environment.
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