ET IN ARCADIA EGO
constructed mixed media sculpture
2006 - 2013
"It is beautiful to see it at work, gathering its treasures
( such as they are) into little round balls;
and pushing them home with the strong wrong end of it, - head down most all the way, - like a modern political economist with his ball of capital, declaring that a nation can stand better on its vices than on its virtues."
p56, The Ethics of Dust, 1865, John Ruskin (on dung-beetles)
Image (above) Artist hand with loose polystyrene beads showing diffrent sizes used. 2009
Image (left) Cluster of beads once the gluing and paint application has been applied. 2009
The following works are constructed by colouring and gluing infinite individual polystyrene granules together, the mass-produced, throw-away packing material is transformed into uncanny floriferous growth or coral vestige. Resulting in work which occupy a formless mid-ground between being and becoming, a 21st century harbinger of toxicity at constant odds with the representation of Nature it alludes to.
Title : Saracen (RCA Degree Show)
Material : Polystyrene Beads, Glue, Pigment
Dimensions : Variable, Approx . 450cm x 400cm x 300cm
Date : 2006