I am a collage artist who uses magazines and graffiti in every piece of work. I like the combination of collage, oil paint and spray-paint; the marks and surface become really interesting and seem to create new landscapes with the combination of the different materials. I love the work of Kippenberger; how he sometimes used collage and cut paper within his paintings to create an abstract and interesting surface.
I use magazines once read and now discarded...most are fashion magazines, some are art zines, some are architectural and quirky but all are abandoned. Until my hands get on them. One man's trash is another man's treasure and that is so true with discarded magazines. Inspired by artists like Rauschenberg, who used anything he could find in his art, I like to tear up, re-use and see it all as potential source material.
I paint in my flat in Edinburgh and often drag works outside, to the street, to take sharp photographs in the light. I decided to drag my entire working studio and materials outside and paint out on the street and take a video of the process. I was particularly interested in a recent fashion campaign by designer Marc Jacobs, revolving around hip-hop and alternative culture. I wanted to do my own take on his campaign by cutting it up to see what it would turn into...
Easel, magazines, spray paint cans, black ink and a pair of scissors and we were good to go. My partner, painter, Norrie Harman was ready to take the video and so it began.
It wasn't easy cutting up magazines on a windy day but I managed it...glueing and spray-painting...creating something new from the pristine fashion advert...
The video beautifully reveals the process; a mad couple of hours of cutting, viewing, painting and ripping. VIEW VIDEO HERE
"Marc Jacobs Love" is a piece that diffuses the original fashion advert into a cultural landscape of neon night lights, baby-blue skies, tangerine-orange flickers and a graffiti Volkswagen. Like Rauschenberg, anything is game in the new dystopic graffiti landscape.