Surface Work 2 (DETAIL)2019
‘SURFACE WORK’ images are from the latest body of work in the progression, which I began in 2017, installed and exhibited in the derelict Old Cinema building yard, Montejaque, and later in Toro Spacio Gallery, Ronda, Spain. After years of process work, making no public reference to my private influences, I wanted to acknowledge what is behind and always with me: the coal miners in my family working underground. I move on the surface. Therefore, ‘SURFACE WORK’ is a homage to the manual labour of these men, who repeated their laborious, monotonous, restricted movements digging out coal with picks in the confined space and darkness of the deepest coal mine in Scotland, The Glencraig Colliery, at 2004 feet below ground.