Long before this crazy pandemic took hold, I started work on a couple of new series.
Much of my work looks at broken connections and where we’re at in the world. So often that feels like tipping towards the brink, uncertain of the future but unable – or perhaps unwilling – to turn back.
One of my new series of paintings looks at broken objects, the narratives that come with them and those we can impose on them. Its working title is Broken Parts and it’s very much a work in progress as I gather up objects and stories.
The physical tools and objects of the past tell us so much about the civilisations that have gone before us. Tools are often taken as a symbol of the intelligence of our species (although chimps, birds and fish remind us that we are not alone here), and ancient talismans and relics still feel rich with emotion, yet guard their secrets fiercely, no longer connected to those who empowered them with meaning.
There are objects that form part of our armory and part of our family, and we mourn them when we are parted. How will this play out in the future as our world becomes increasingly virtual, leaving the material behind?