As part of the Soil Culture Forum (organised by CCANW & Falmouth University) I have been asked to install "Dirty War" in the exhibition that will accompany the conference. This is a strange experience for me, many of the works I have made over the years cease to exist after exhibition, either swept away or broken apart, they were not made to be permanent. Dirty War however, was packed away in boxes, oddly for me, labelled with exactly how many dirty soldiers were in each box? The formation from when I had it installed at Newlyn Gallery was based on a starlings murmuration. My studio is in Marazion and my journey is often treated to the wonderful display of starlings coming home to roost. It seemed fitting at the time of creating Dirty War, to place these soldiers in a irregular pattern that echoed the formations of the starlings coming home. The space in Falmouth University was very different to the gallery, but I still felt a need to install them in this sort of format. It felt good to revisit this old piece and glad to be showing to a different audience. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the works within the exhibition l
I always love a peek into fellow artists studios, seeing work in progress and ideas being played with.