Dietro di me
2009 | Glazed glass
Winner of the 2009 Noble Sculpture Prize.
Dietro di me is a larger-than-life sculpture of a my father. A series of cross-sections of his naked body glazed onto sheets of structural glass. From the front and back we see the changing, three-dimensional shape of man much as we see the geographical contours of hills in an ordnance survey map. Viewing this sculpture from the sides, the man almost magically disappears: we see through the glass spaces to the trees that surround the glade.
'Dietro di me' represents the way a child perceives parental support. As you move around the piece, you are presented with different images of a father figure, from present and solid on occasions to ephemeral and absent altogether on others, reflecting those times when even the most supportive parent is not there and one learns to be alone.
Thank you to Bruno Noble for believing in me and getting behind this piece. It can be seen at Bruno's spiritual home Colletta in Liguria, Italy.
Where is Heaven?
2007-2013 | Layered Copper Mesh | 50 x 70 cm
This layered piece is created by cutting out sheets of copper mesh with sharp blades and layering them on top of one another. Its a beautiful and slow process. Quite old school on some levels although the planning as always relies on some heavy lifting on computer front :-) The thing that utterly amazes me about copper mesh as a medium is its extreme sensitivity to the angle of the incident light. In particular, if it hasn't got back light glowing through it, all you see is a sheet of solid copper! You can hopefully get a sense of this delicacy from these amazing shots by Niinak Keks and Otto Pierrotti.
Dedicated to Ester Gluck April 1982 to Sept 2006.
Images 2013: Niina Keks and Otto Pierrotto
2009 | Perspex, ink and resin | 17 x 25 x 5 cm
I have travelled much in my life. In fact I have been an immigrant for more than half my life in one place or another. This piece explores how it feels to touch the culture you live in, yet always feeling separated and "elsewhere" at the same time.
Touching the Identum
2009 - 2012 | Perspex, ink and resin | 17 x 25 x 5 cm
From early childhood I have studied the stars. I spend a lot of time pondering the nature of the universe and trying to touch on one revelation that transforms our understanding. I believe that gravity is not the force binding the Milky Way together. It certainly plays a part.
It started as a journey to understand the way of things; to understand the unexplained interaction between everything. Like all physicists, I dream of a Unified Theory. The single binding explanation holding all of the universe together. The creator’s own formula transcribed in the atheist notation of mathematics. I worked my way through gravity, magnetism, strong force, weak force – eventually ending up gazing at the heavens in a desperate attempt to touch on something… anything. I looked up for a sign from the physical. To me, space represented the purest place to hunt for the unknown – where the laws of physics could be applied en-masse without the intervention of complex external forces like society. A place where each dot in my eyes could be an entire galaxy. I searched the heavens hoping for an anomaly as much as I was hoping for a pattern.
My findings/beliefs show that stars of similar Identums may resonate rather powerfully with one another.
This is the sculpture of that journey and belief system.
2009 | Acrylic, Ink and Resin | 17 x 25 x 3 cm
Imagine having to flee your homeland because of war, terror or persecution. Imagine being a child and not having your parents with you because they were killed before you left or were unable to leave. Imagine arriving in a strange country, seeking asylum, completely alone. Imagine having absolutely nothing.
Separated children and young people experience the double trauma of separation not only from their homeland, culture and natural environment but also from the adults in their family who gave them care. Separated children and young people experience the double trauma of separation not only from their homeland, culture and natural environment but also from the adults in their family who gave them care.
Together with an inspiring group of people I helped found the Separated Child Foundation. The foundation offers emotional, social, financial and physical support to separated children arriving on the shores of Britain. Around 1500 separated children arrive in the United Kingdom every year, with the highest numbers in circa 2010 coming from Afghanistan, Somalia, Iran, Iraq, and Eritrea.
2011 | Layered Copper Mesh | 40 x 40 cm
This is a portrait of my sister to celebrate her 40th year of life and the love we share. More importantly, to appreciate just how well I know this human being.
A lot of the work I do relies heavily on technology and precision engineering. Having just moved on from a good 20 years of sharing intimate space with a high resolution monitor, I savoured the idea of cutting copper with a good old fashioned knife. There is something dauntingly beautiful about a super-sharp steel blade scraping through softer metal. Its a kind of mystical Periodic Table experience, particularly when done listening to good music. I find James Blake goes well copper.
Then there is the physics of Moiré. Layered copper mesh with the sun shining through from behind brings with it a magical collage of moire patterns. In physics, a moiré pattern is an interference pattern created when two or more grids are overlaid at an angle, or when they have slightly different mesh sizes.