Fighting and Fucking

Plasterboarded stud walling, coloured builders plaster, acrylic paint, iron chain and fixings.

Installation aprox. 5m x 2.5m

Fed up with the lack of studio space available all year at Wimbledon I fought against the odds to produce this large scale work. Using some of my skills as a professional plasterer I set about making this curved wall and monolith, in modular form that could be constructed in situ. I kept an experimental and open minded approach to its construction, constantly shifting between designs and techniques as barriers were broken or erected in front of me. Painting with and on plaster is a completely new technique for me so fighting and fucking is the best way to describe the way I had to approach this project.

It depicts these elemental forces in life, metaphorically speaking or otherwise, and the 'links' between the two, the shackles implying our slavery to these emotions and my freedom for having finished it in time.

Placed in front of this 'screen' is a solid looking tower, wider at the top than the bottom. There are many things this shape represents to me. It is my proportions in height and shoulder width and can be construed as the artist placed in view, exposed, like a phallus, my own coffin in fact. But perhaps it represents the hard etched vision of the burnt Grenfell Tower which I saw earlier in the year, and still haunts me.

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Virtually billboard sized I used techniques adopted by many Pop and contemporary artists - projection, rasterbilder and computerIsed manipulation, setting this against the old looking plastered wall with the aim of seeing the effect produced! I wanted the imagery to be only just recognisable in the objects they are depicting, as scrawls on a wall in the street often are.