Friday, 1 January 2016

Leicester produces nomads that move to London

My work revolves around the idea of moving through a place, and since I've lived in London I've been fascinated by not only the physical commute but also just getting your mind around that crazy inward looking-ness of London. How do you as an individual psychologically negotiate it. 
If you flick through my artwork you'll notice a lot of boats. This comes from being from landlocked Leicester. For me boats are a really appealing image that inspires movement and exploration. Someone recently said to me that "Leicester produces nomads that move to London". I'll go with that, but I think I'm just passing through.
A few months ago a boat sank on the canal near my house. Genuinely called "memory". This was the inspiration for this papercut "another million miles" and it's the start if a new series I'll be working on over 2016 as I continue bobbing through the Capitol. 

To misquote Hemingway: but London "was a very old city and we were young and nothing was simple there, not even poverty, nor sudden money, nor the moonlight, nor right and wrong nor the breathing of someone wholly beside you in the moonlight."

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