Waiting For The Future
A series of disrupted images. Playfully removing the original narrative focus of the source material to see what this would now reveal. Challenging our initial engagement with the image and encouraging a more personal reading of it.
The text pieces grew from this series. I love to use text in my work and I realised that simply adding slogans that both work with and against the images resulted in enigmatic pieces that were much more than the sum of their constituent parts.
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