Living in London I am surrounded by building work especially with the Olympics drawing nearer. Therefore, to experience the speed of a building rising from nothing makes me aware of every phase of construction. I am fascinated with old abandoned buildings and “fleeting” architecture. I respond to nature and manmade structures and materials around us, my work examines the powerful pull between the two elements.
I take visual research of shapes and structures that interest me in everyday life to start off the beginnings of a piece of work. These photographs are often of functional objects however my sculptures are non-functional instead making the viewer aware of the colour, shape and everyday things around them. However I change the material and scale of the objects photographed. I am interested in colour and texture, of materials and in turn, the final piece is made up of different layers of structural and aesthetic elements. My work often takes up a graphic architectural shape, that the audience may recoginse. I make large-scale peculiar work that invites the audience to walk around and investigate.
From revisiting my research photographs I saw that there was a tiered shape and certain colours that kept popping up in the images I was taking. So I decided to push this further for my sculpture. I looked into stalls, grandstands and shelving to see how they are put together and able to be dismantled or folded away. I wanted the work to be imposing and monumental so that the role of the audience is reversed. My aim being for the audience to walk into the space and suddenly feel as though they are the ‘performer’ walking onto a stage, the work dominating the space.
Upholstery foam, tape & cardboard - 310×104cm
Plastic piping, tarpaulin, scaffolding netting, warning tape, cardboard, security lights - 276x305x305cm