Saturday, 30 April 2011

Royal Wedding Transportation.

Having tried my best to avoid the Royal Nuptials yesterday, I fell into the very end of it. What really intriqued me was the transportation options available to those going to the palace. Open top coaches with a bobbing bride and saluting groom; the one which was like the kids table at Christmas parties (will Harry ever graduate from that table ?); The Queen giving Prince Philip a shove to heave him into the Scottish coach, no tartan or tam-o-shanters as far as I could see; the new parents-in-law all squashed in one, not knowing quite what to say; then the fleet of mini-buses how un-romantic, lacking in pomp and circumstance can you get and to top it off, an open top sports car.
I really need to move on from the Royal family, I am thinking about other versions of Royality, dynastic clans that felt they ruled, individuals who never heard the word no, that sort of thing.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Eclectic Southern California

I have been having a very nice holiday, this last week or so. I have been making loads of new work, I am trying to branch out onto wider plains of thinking. Just as the whole world goes Royal family wedding mad, I have decided to move on from these images and use more eclectically sourced ideas. I am even thinking of becoming more involved with the physicality of the works, but that could just be the sun going to my head. I am still dreaming of residing in Southern California, images of a David Hockney-esque life swim invitingly through my vision. I think, like with many things in life, this will have to remain in the realm of daydream/fantasy, to be saved to while away a rainy day in October. On the other hand I might just apply to study at Cal Arts and make even more work based on dead American icons. One can only ahve hopes and dreams.
I am planning the escape as I type.

Friday, 15 April 2011

The Wilton Diptych and pseudo-nimbus affects

I went to the National Gallery yesterday to look at The Wilton Diptych again. It is one of my favorite paintings, I really like the representation of the White Hart, how Edward makes himself appear to be awed by the wonder of the Christ child, whilst all the time stamping his emblem over the whole image. I like the over sized wings on the angels in their blue outfits and the overlapping nimbus halos they all have.
Because of this I wanted to make some new work, I thought about how to update these ideas using stickers of todays Royal family, overlaying these with drawings to represent their complexities and frailties and using hi-vis reflective tape to describe a contemporary nimbus-like effect. I have photographed the imagery using the flash to disguise the imagery and to further describe the radiant glow of their supposed saintly-ness.
I do feel I need to move on in my work ideas, so I am now looking more at psuedo-royalty.

Friday, 8 April 2011

Palestine and the periodic table

I love the idea of lists, writing them, re-arranging them, re-structuring them, re-working them, re-writing them, then re-looking at them and then deciding to ignore them and produce another list.
So here's a list to contemplate;
Arafat's scarf in the shape of Palestine
Scandanavian inspired trousers
Darger's war images
Dali's collages
The periodic table of elements
7 thank you's
chocolate cars
8's reed
"help me Obi-wan Kenobi, you are my only hope"

Monday, 4 April 2011


Today I have done a myriad of things and had a variety of conversations, so I have decided to write some down in the following list.
Gold Ink
Rebel Fighters
High Waisted shorts
Letter press booklets
Life-size Barbie dolls
Warping the tapestry loom
Walking in Bergen
National Gallery