Oil and non-recyclable plastic on canvas
90 cm x 90 cm
This painting is from the bedroom window of William Wordsworth, Rydal Mount, his home in Cumbria from 1813 to his death in 1850. The view from inside looking out shows the contrast between the beauty of nature against the mundanity of the man made, with the reflection of the mirror adding a further dimension to the painting. I make my work from a combination of first hand observational drawings and paintings in the open air, backed up by photos as aide memoirs back in the studio, as well as imagination to produce a final piece on canvas using mixed media, a combination of oil paint, non-recyclable plastics either collaged or ‘soldered’ onto the canvas, and pastel.
I want people to enjoy my images and to perhaps re look at their own environment through a more vibrant lens, but then on closer inspection to discover the different materials on the canvas and ask questions as to why I use plastic; why it is there. I want the discovery of plastic on the canvas to be as subtle as it is in the environment – not really understanding its greater impact at first, but when given the time to contemplate its wider effects, to think beyond the surface, beyond the beauty.