Fascinated by text, fonts and different types of lettering all my recent work has been made of paper. I am surrounded by piles of waste paper – A4 sheets – so much for the paper free world, I have more paper than ever. Print outs, notes, leaflets, and many of these have become pieces of work.
Some are made from paper which was thrown out from the studio, invoice sheets from a previous company which had used the building and left folders behind. I used this paper to make several sculptures, using a method of rubbing and breaking down the surface of the paper and then folding it.
The larger pieces use a contrast between paper which has been handwritten and printed paper – very different in the effect it gives. I was also intrigued by different coloured texts, crossings out mixtures between text and corrections.Some pieces relate to interesting text which I have found – bits of paper in the street – lists.
My current work is made of torn paper that is assembled layer by layer to create organic shapes, devoid of text, even if originally I didn’t have this intention when I started this series of work. The “column” shapes are of torn paper attached to the wall, one on top of the other from floor to ceiling.
The shapes are similar to folds because the torn papers create a kind of suppressed wave as it moves up the wall. This is a development from past work in the 90's where I was looking at folds of clothed figures in classical paintings, which I tried to describe with paper in a loose way. The interest in folds continued and developed into works which combined folds and text.
CV & Education
Studied: St. Martins School of Art BA painting 1969-72, and Advanced course sculpture 1972-73.
University of London Institute of Education (ATC) 1973-74
Teaching part-time since 1974, art in secondary education
Chenil Gallery, London 1972
Gardner Centre, Sussex University 1973
Platform 73, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford 1973
‘Young London Sculptors’, Waterlow Park, Tavistock Square
and Camberley Adult Education Centre 1974
Barbican Arts Group ‘Open Studio Shows’, Sycamore Street 1975-88
St Martins South Bank Sculpture 1977
Paperworks, Studio Seven, London 1979
Fibre Art, Morley Gallery 1980
Barbican Centre Foyer 1982
Usher Galleries, Lincoln 1982
K18 Stoffwechsel, Kassel 1982
Paper Works, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth 1982
Savaria Museum, Hungary 1984
The Showroom, London 1986
The Changing Room, London 1988
New Fibre Art, The Old Court Gallery, Windsor Arts Centre 1989
Metropole Arts Centre, Folkestone, 1989
International Biennale, Szombathely 1990
Fibre Art at Salt Mills, Bradford 1990
Ana Gallery, London 1990
Art Within Grasp, Maidstone Library Gallery, Maidstone 1991
Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham, Cheshire 1992
‘On Paper’Lancaster City Museum , Lancaster 1993
Hanover Gallery, Liverpool 1993
Norton Priory, Runcorn, Cheshire 1994
Vallance House Museum, London 1997
Hertford Road Studios Open Studios 1994-2007
E17 Art Trail, London 2008- 2015
Behind Closed Doors, London 2013
Blackhorse Lane Studio Show, London 2008 – 2015
Art Works Space, Blackhorse Lane, London 2015
GraphicWorks in collection of Stedelijk Museum, British Council Collection, Arts Council Travelling exhibition, Tate Gallery