TECHNIQUE

THE ART OF ANALOG

VIDEO – MAKING OF 'DESERT BABES'

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After image selection is made, and pieces are cut and individualised, the arrangement takes a constructive turn. As the picture builds, the cut outs are placed in several options, all photographed and viewed on a device before proceeding. This way I can take a step back and see it clearly as a picture, and if it's the story I want to tell. Sometimes this can lead down another visual path. 

For ART HOUNDS [above] I knew I wanted to have a spectator aspect, where the people have their back to the viewer. They are placed in an electric art gallery setting, looking at gilded frames that hold the universe. Bold graphic stripes of neon complete the background. An early and cropped version was used as the official invitation to THE OTHER ART FAIR in 2017.

BUILDING A STORY

After image selection is made, and pieces are cut and individualised, the arrangement takes a constructive turn. As the picture builds, the cut outs are placed in several options, all photographed and viewed on a device before proceeding. This way I can take a step back and see it clearly as a picture, and if it's the story I want to tell. Sometimes this can lead down another visual path. 

For ART HOUNDS [above] I knew I wanted to have a spectator aspect, where the people have their back to the viewer. They are placed in an electric art gallery setting, looking at gilded frames that hold the universe. Bold graphic stripes of neon complete the background. An early and cropped version was used as the official invitation to THE OTHER ART FAIR in 2017.

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ANCIENT POOL

working in scale

When I discovered an ancient wall image, perfectly in scale to use inside a large, double page spread of a pool interior, I was very inspired as the arch of the ruin mimics the arch in the pool's reflection, and in perfect scale. After that breakthrough, the picture naturally built up using layers of ancient arches to form a roof. A statue was found in a similar colour to the water. With an arm outstretched, it is now at the bottom of the water, forever reaching for air. If you look closely you'll spot signs for the changing rooms just behind the pillars. Lastly I placed a moody cloud skyline upside-down, to give the picture a dreamlike quality.

THE FINISHED COLLAGE

Each individual piece is glued in reverse order of layers with a premium-strong glue-stick. The finished board is then sprayed with a protective matt spray. 

For cutting, I almost always use scissors. There is more control in that you can hold the image and turn the page as you cut, rather than a knife flat on a board. There are times though when the knife is needed for holes. 

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MODERNIST CITY

For this large scale piece, I wanted to create a new city with excessive use of architecture. Modernist and brutalist buildings predominate, complete with retro-futuristic towers and sunken gardens. A huge overhead bridge seamlessly joins the street in the distant horizon. This is one of my most technically challenging works, as there are so many pieces to make a collage of this size.