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Collage: Paper, Acrylic, Marker, Spray Paint, Paint on Paper.
The title ‘Junk Mail 02’ refers directly to the disposable materials that have been repurposed in the piece. It was one of a series of four in which I began to tile estate-agency flyers or cereal packets to make larger compositions. I like my work to be affected by my surroundings, by what is available to me at a given time.
Each tile is designed to succeed alone but creates new relationships when placed with others in a group. It’s really a natural progression from my earlier work, ‘16 x 228s’, sixteen stickers embellished with layered character designs and framed together, but this was the first time I’d joined separate pieces without gaps to make a new singular work, rather than a collection. In ‘Junk Mail 02’, influenced by Kes Richardson’s 2016 ‘Fair Game’ exhibition at Fold, I took my process even further by cutting out and swapping whole chunks of the near-completed tiles.
I’m influenced by sticker art and graffiti but more specifically the impermanence of urban walls; how they naturally change over time with the adding of tags, stickers and paste-ups, but also the subtraction of parts that are ripped and weathered. It’s man-made and yet it’s evolved in a very natural way.
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