With a concern for the forgotten, the overlooked and the way in which the past can be easily ‘papered over’, I am drawn to the process by which layers of narrative embedded within a building are built up, renewed and removed. My work exploits the beauty of traces, imperfections and remnants, using seductive materials to [...]
My sculptures are an exploration of Mikhail Bakhtin’s writings on the grotesque body. That is, a body which shits, eats, has sex and indulges in physical pleasures. The bright colours and oozing dough celebrate this carnivalesque nature of bodily existence. However, within contemporary society this ‘grotesque’ body is manipulated and disguised in order to comply [...]
Paul B. Johnson
My practice is a social critique. Through a mastery of parody and cynicism I aim to highlight our susceptibility and willingness to fall under the spell of modern media, particularly through the mechanisms of television editing, distribution and assimilation. Reality and fantasy regularly occupy the same space in television, as scripted reality shows [...]
Through observing and clinically documenting the effects of time I am able to categorize and highlight aspects of decay in organic material. I examine each object individually in an attempt to transform perceptions of aesthetic beauty through decay. This passion for capturing time and the process of documentation culminates from generations of my family’s work [...]
I am fascinated by our strange relationship with the natural world. We romanticise it, plunder it, try to control it and attempt to lose control within it. Drawing up boundaries dividing the urban from the wild, we fill our homes with natural materials and their simulacra. My current work explores the idea of living with [...]
The Emerald Egg has risen. Ruling the land far and wide, Its power stretches beyond the furthest river, Above the highest peak, deep below the darkest cave. Yet its power is only understood by mortals through a dreamlike trance. A trance so strong, so compelling, so mesmerising, One is unable to deny its magnitude, But [...]
I am fascinated by nature. When surrounded by the natural world, I experience a personal connection with my environment. This experience is something, which I seek to explore and glorify within my work. I continually collect photographs of natural landscapes and botanical gardens. The materials I use, along with my use of colour, refer to [...]
Touching upon the language of both drawing and sculpture, my work seeks to blur the distinctions between these parallel mediums. Prompted by an interest in architectural plans, I am fascinated by the relationship between the representation of architectural space upon a two-dimensional plane and its existence as three-dimensional construct. This has led me to attempt [...]
The Habit of Art Making work in a studio is awkward, Trying to explain work is awkward, I am trying to break out of the studio, Only to be sucked back in. The sculptures are enlarged abstractions of the face. I am re-inventing the physically real into the nonsensically unfamiliar and irrelevant ‘something’ using a [...]
My practice focuses on recreating and simplifying the arena of the building site as site-specific installation. The work concentrates on the transience and the temporality of this construction space. I am intrigued by the human influence, which remains, even when physical presence is absent. The viewer is confronted with a mass collection of discarded materials, [...]
Aiming to remove contemporary warfare from the dramatic big screens of cinema and the impersonal figures of news bulletins, my sculptures tempt the viewer to appreciate the familiarity of conflict at a personal level. In many respects our exposure to war comes from a highly edited process, distancing us further from an understanding of [...]
My practice is an exploration of female portraiture and is concerned with the historical and political significance of this genre. Through a complex and seductive aesthetic, I aim to reclaim the face of female portraiture. My paintings translate an archive of photographic imagery sourced from old family and found photos and photo postcards. Drawing [...]
My work is a continual examination. I am highly concerned with the materials that best communicate a language of human microbiology. I rely on the fluidity of mediums to mix, react and spontaneously sit together, initially on a 2D surface, creating compositions that ultimately long to exist in more sculptural forms.
Fear is the main focus of my work. This emotion invades our lives and creates obstacles that we must overcome. I use metaphors, symbols and literal representations to communicate fear in all its forms, seeking to engage the viewer with this emotion.
Celebrating materiality through the deconstruction of every day objects and materials, I attempt to question our perception of the world in a surprising, playful and poignant manner. By remaining truthful to the objects, neither adding nor subtracting from their substance, my work reveals both unexpected and concealed possibilities through process.
The sublime is a dizzying notion. Feeling that combination of awe, joy, terror and the knowledge that you can’t really grasp what you’re experiencing, really does make you feel alive. It’s interesting that this surge of life in our veins happens through experiencing things that also usually make us aware of our insignificance. Just as [...]
Nothing in the world stands by itself. Every object is a link in an endless chain and is thus connected with all the other links. And this chain of the universe has never been broken; it unites all objects and processes in a single whole and thus has a universal character. We cannot move so [...]
My work has become an investigation into relapsing, specifically continuous relapsing. I explore themes of dependency, ritual, routine, repetition and struggle, and am concerned by the unfathomable and incomprehensible. Due to their material qualities, I work primarily with paper, thread, wool, and tape. Paper is fragile, similar to one who continuously relapses, whilst tape and [...]
I am drawn to the vulnerable and fragile nature of the multi-faceted human condition. Using semi-familiar imagery taken from a variety of sources, my work aims to give a new life to an image, emphasising the interactions between characters within and creating a new context for them to exist in. I attempt to create a [...]
Instances of obsession within my life inspire my compulsive way of working. I make controlled, precise, labour intensive pieces, regarding the theme of ambiguous human desires. My imaginative, ‘sensory’ realist approach creates sleek and intense imagery in a range of media: drawing, in pencil and chalk, acrylic painting, soft sculpture, collage and photography. [...]