Exhibition

Brummagem: Lost City Found: Parkside Gallery, BCU (Birmingham City University). September 18 to October 27 (extended to November 4), 2017. 

Bummagem: Lost City Found Selected pieces: Mary Ogilvie Gallery,  St Anne’s College, Oxford. November 14 to December 3, 2017. 


Gravelly Hill Interchange, 2017 uses a map of Spaghetti Junction as its starting point. Spaghetti Junction has long generated divided opinions from the public. The country’s worst concrete nightmare, an eyesore and scary are terms frequently used. It does, though, equally have a loyal following with it’s brutalist construction seen as being an important part of Birmingham’s rich heritage.

The rainbow, as a symbol takes many forms including diversity and multiculturalism as defined in 1994, Rainbow Nation by Archibishop Desmond Tutu to describe the newly democratic South Africa. I use this interpretation for my rainbow in this piece.

Construction

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Four maps, each broken down into three colours and scaled from large to small are laser cut using the following Colorplan 135gsm papers: Cool Grey, Smoke, Amethyst, Royal Blue, Turquoise, Emerald, Forest, Factory Yellow, Citrine, Mandarin, Bright Red and Scarlet.

On a dark grey paper base (source unknown) starting with Cool Grey each layer is woven into the previous one. Each of the 4 maps are rotated. The edges of each map are hand pared to fade into the base.

Medium: Paper. Dimensions: H:594mm W:841mm.

All work is for sale. Edition Size: 5, though each piece is made to order and as such unique.

For more information please contact the artist direct via the contact page.

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