April 10, 2011
I am very happy to report that our latest large work, and the first for over fifteen years, is nearing completion. A∴C∴H∴E∴ is a seven-paneled, eight-metre landscape made using pencil, ink and gold/silver leaf and destined to be first exhibited in a German/Swiss gallery in the near future. The drawing will also be the basis of its “Doppelganger”, a stitched, life-size canvas of the seven parts reworked by us (using various media) to consolidate the composition and all the various themes of the original. The idea behind A∴C∴H∴E∴ is to showcase our vision for future large projects: landscapes that ‘work’ individually and collectively as pencil-based drawings, but also as unique one-piece panoramas when transformed onto canvas. The intention is to have both works exhibited in the same space.
This idea is a response to the need to create vast works without the practical and psychological problems I have had in the past when using rolled paper. Inspired by processes used to create Grayson Perry’s The Walthamstow Tapestry, the resulting canvas will also expand on the continuing debate surrounding appropriation and conceptual art.
I always find it difficult to adequately explain my work, but I can say that I am conscious, now, of an attempt to distance myself from the ‘apocalyptic’ label; whether or not I have succeeded is for you to judge…