My work involves layering small fragments of MDF board with a mixture of paint and other substances. Substances include baby oil, different types of glue, water, kitchen cleaner and pigments. I am exploring ideas of process, control and mark making. Listening to the materials and share the process with them. I collect them and put them together, but then my part is complete. The next step is up to them. Whether they blend or disagree with each other, how they dry, if they dry. Letting the materials have control for this stage allows them to do whatever they want and not have me interfering.
My work allows people to see what the materials done, have that first-hand reaction the same way I have when I look back at the boards once they are dry. They can start to guess what has been used where and why one part is cracking or why another part is shiny while the rest is matte. I want the audience to engage with my work and question it.
The back of my work also shows the physical process of the work. I think it is important to show people the details of putting work together. The physical effort of attaching the boards together the right way using a marking system or numbers and seeing what is holding is all together. This side tells the story of when I am in control of my work and how it came to be. For me my work is never to be taken too seriously, I have marks where I wrote the same number twice and had to alter it, boards that have drawings on that I did not want to cover up, scribbles of notes for measurements. It shows the full thought process of the artist.
Mixed media piece displayed on bedroom wall. A more contained shape with a slight curve in bottom right showing interaction with other furniture pieces.
91 x 60 x 11 cm
Highlighting one of the pieces where the back of the artwork is being showcased. Showing placement notes and number of the piece from the work.
Zoom in of a section showing multiple pieces, paints and textures as well as showing the depth of some of the pieces.
Mixed media piece displayed on outside wall and fence. Rectangular pieces shooting upwards highlighting the background fence panels.
121 x 91 x 11 cm
One of the more thicker pieces in the artwork. Dyed from drawing ink and paints. Has a slightly unusual shape to it.
Another one of the pieces showing the back of the work. Next to it you can see one of the smaller ones going in the same direction as the fence.
Mixed media piece displayed alongside stairs in home. Parallel to the angle of the staircase to merge coherently into the location.
60 x 121 x 11 cm
This image is showing the different thicknesses to each piece of wood/MDF board and which ones stick out more than the others.
We can see some of the texture from the beads and cotton wool in this image, as well as some marks created from painting the piece and the colours.