Waiting For The Future
For this series I started with the intention to make some very playful pieces and as I was experimenting with making them I realised that rather than the usual approach to collage, where you 'add' elements, what really interested me was 'subtracting'.
The results fascinated me. Simply covering one element (often a face as they are the usually the dominant elements) can completely change how we view the document.
The text pieces grew from this collage work. I love to use text in my work and I realised that simply adding slogans resulted in enigmatic images that were much more than the sum of their constituent parts. They also added another element to the series and in my mind made it complete.
There is also a conscious using of the 'supporting actors' and the less 'cool' actors (Roger Moore rather than Sean Connery) and the underdog (Princess Diana). I think these characters often tell us more about the world than the front page stars do.
Towards the end of making the work I stumbled upon 'The Lovers' by Rene Magritte (especially the version where the two aren't embracing). The fabric Magritte uses to hide the characters heads seems exactly what I have been doing. It acts as a barrier between the two lovers, creating a sense of isolation and frustration. Magritte wrote about the pieces:
"My painting is visible images which conceal nothing... they evoke mystery and, indeed, when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question, ‘What does it mean?’ It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing either, it is unknowable.”
Collages on found magazine and book pages
Paper sizes vary
Framed size 43 x 53cm
Signed on verso