Photo: Phil Toy in Bristol, South West

Phil Toy

Artist, Researcher

Concepts, ideas, themes The background to my work is an interest in the relationship between beliefs and science, rationality/irrationality, the juxtaposition of order/non-disorder. Fragmentation is a key concept. We each have to negotiate our own sense of being created by categories (structure) and a fragmented world of endless networks and gaps. Recent work has seen a move away from 3 dimensional installation to working with photographic images (taken by me), worked with oil paint and developed into montages. This practice creates what I call, 'displacements'. I use the word. 'punctuations' also in this context. A number of narratives may be suggested in the mind of the viewer by these works. Previously, I have researched the work of John Cage and his use of chance in composing, (see Chance Glass, 2011). Processes and techniques I attempt to use methods and materials in relation to my purpose, theme or the site-relatedness of the project. I have experience of a very wide range of materials being familiar with acrylic and oil paint, resins, waxes, plasters, canvas and fabrics in addition to lighting, film and photography. Career path Recently, I have taken a step into performance by delivering a poetic comment on the possibiities of change. This work was based on Jogn Cage's work on, 'Silence'. In common with my recent and current visual art, the vocal delivery of the piece was characterised by an odd punctuation creating breaks and disruptions to the flow of the work.

Location Bristol, South West
Activities Practice-based research, Training delivery, Private commissions, Events management, Fundraising
Artforms / type of project Film & Video, Installation, Painting, Photography, Sculpture