castles and caravans

Thursday 16 March 2017

CASTLES AND CARAVANS [2] 2016, painted card collage

inc. picture frame: 18cm x 18cm x 4.5cm



collage: 9cm x 8cm

[note the small dimensions of this artwork]

small collage constructed from recycled & painted paper and card fragments, seeking intricate or evocative rural elements, abstracted and distilled from cross-country commutes to a day job: glimpses of fortress farms, scaffolding towers, country piles, black stacks, steely barns – travelling between the picturesque, the industrial and the mundane, the meditative process of collage has become symbolic of an interior journey, from privilege to frugality, the art of making it ‘home’ again…*

*text adapted from an exhibition catalogue statement (July 2016).

why this work? because it represents struggle and fortitude [resilience, endurance, on the road, etc].


Sunday 2 October 2016


today [sunday] is the last day of the ARTWORKS Exhibition. the exhibition closes at 5pm. sold work will be taken down from 3pm to enable time to wrap work ready for the buyers to collect. the small construction pictured above – arkadia III – is in this exhibition. the photograph gives an indication of its diminutive size [easy to miss]. this exhibition is not curated. we each draw a ‘space’. the layout and flow of the exhibition changes each year and any connection between the artists’ work is serendipitous. [see website for archived photographs of previous exhibitions].

10 September to 2 October 2016
Blackthorpe Barn
Bury St Edmunds
IP30 9HZ

the artists in the artworks 2016 exhibition are: Mary Anstee-Parry; Valerie Armstrong; Mike Ashley; Lyn Aylward; Alfie Carpenter; Gillian Crossley-Holland; Cathy D’Arcy; Genista Dunham; Janet French; Chris Gamble; Roger Gamble; Nora Gaston; Jazz Green; Chris Hann; Alison Jones; Eleonora Knowland; Lucy Lutyens; Ruth McCabe; Christine McKechnie; Katie Millard; Elaine Nason; Carol Pask; Anne Paton; Ursula Kit Price Moss; Eileen Revett; Kate Reynolds; Colin Slee; Liz Waugh McManus.

something else… snaps taken on a stroll through a 20th century brutalist concrete jungle [within a four minute ‘window’]. the origin of concrete as an aggregate building material goes back to the ancient romans. not so modern after all.

[blue cross]

[yellow stripe]

[double sliding doors]