Photo Credit: Daniel Lehan
The Cardboard Poems derive from my daily conversations. A particular sentence or phrase 'catches my ear' is recorded in a notebook, and re-worked until re-imagined as a single phrase or micro tale, which is then hand painted with black ink onto a flattened cardboard box. I intend the use of cardboard to have the immediacy of the transitory signs encountered in cities; the hand made signs made by people living on the streets, the slogans of political protest. The poem's use of everyday language furthers their accessibility, although their content evokes the humorous, the mysterious or the melancholic.
In February 2012, I situated, a number of these works in locations in London.
Acrylic paint on cardboard