Explanation Behind The Perforated Images
This body of work came about as a result of a serendipitous find of a piece of cardboard packaging, lying by the side of the road.
I had made several trips to India at this point and came away each time with an impression of a culture rich in many art forms, glorious colour and great ingenuity in the use of diverse materials. It seemed to me that many surfaces showed perforation of some kind, be it metal, stone or fabric. I think in the case of architecture, it was to allow the air to pass freely, thus keeping the interior cool.
I put the impressions together with the material I had found and started experimenting . Paper is a very common material in India , so it was a natural thing to choose cardboard over something more sophisticated. The challenge lay in marrying the two elements of markmaking and material with a suitable image or concept. Some pieces evolved into revealing more of the core of the material, some less. The surface had to be thoroughly primed and sealed before any paint could be applied. The medium I selected for this work was acrylic. Each required a lot of looking, introspection and decision making. Clearly , there was a strong abstraction element that ran through all of them. Because of their fragility, in some cases, it was necessary to protect them. I wanted something strong yet totally non intrusive. Putting them in large plexiglass boxes was a good decision as not only were they protected but it implied a sense of “ specialness “ which contradicted the rather poor and commonplace material. The smaller ones were matted and framed and put under glass in most cases.
It was a very pleasant , satisfying and absorbing process, one that I could go back to at some later point.