Council Architecture: A visual exploration of time passing, the ageing conditions and the changing environment of a council estate in north London and its surrounding environment. Built post war during the 70’s the architectural utopian ideals of working class families building communities and a flourishing economy. Over four decades on - how do these environments stand the test of time?
Let us take a moment to reflect on old spaces in a constantly changing landscape. Some of the best architectural design of late 1960’s and early 1970’s has matured (as I mature) into beautiful cutaways from the uniform regularity of the predominantly Victorian terraced streets that surround. There is a playful quality to some aspects of council estate design that still warmly lures me into walking a winding circular wall or running up the slanted brickwork of a nicely rounded diagonal edge. Not all designs put into practice the held the values or ideals of their architectural creators, in fact many had the opposite effect creating dead spaces for more unsavoury business to thrive. I would however like to celebrate a few of the places that I hold in my heart with a fond nostalgia, as these were the bricks and trees of my childhood. From the first journeys on foot as a child to the outer edges of my universe (the end of the street) to the hours spent learning how to exist in this world as an individual among my fellow peers. Memories of power cuts, water fights, first tastes of alcohol and smoking and the beloved game of ’shit-stick’… I accept the world has changed and kids don’t have the same independence children of the 70’s and 80’s were afforded but these urban spaces with their curves and socially inviting layouts were an important part of my journey from childhood into adulthood as they will be for many others. Though we lived ‘hand to mouth’ for many years I feel lucky to have grown up in an environment that had a wealth in community and friendship when other forms of wealth were few and far between.
The first in a series of drawings based on observed spaces of London where the city meets the earth. Connections to man made constructions, evidence where people have been, slow decay of time, continued growth underpinned with the soundtrack of engines and birds.
Summer of 1969
First in the series of commemorative drawings in celebration of the upcoming milestone of the Moon Landing. 50 year anniversary (July 2019).
A selection of collaged images as part of an ongoing project on creative responses to a visual cue.
Run run run
A series of work produced around the theme of ‘the self’
Internalised vacuum of thought
Gif - processing
Thinking of somewhere
Thinking of somewhere far away
Connections of Memory
'Connections of Memory' is part of a larger ongoing project exploring the relationship between memory and my environment, both real and imagined. This is a visual representation of how a ‘view’ (usually that of a landscape) sparks a sequence of memory and triggers an emotional response.
Its in the blood
There is a place called Desolation Wilderness
A series of drawings created in response to the joint artist residency with Stewart Francis Easton at St Mary's Art Centre in Virginia City - Nevada, America. Drawings from memory of the places we visited on our adventure in America.
A journal of a sequence of events occurring over a period of time and location in space.
Internal Wilderness is part of an ongoing project looking at ‘landscape and memory’ - our relationship with the environment, effects we have on the world and space around us and in turn it’s profound affect on our own memory and emotions.
Each of these landscapes is a starting point to a much bigger adventure that strives to answer the question of what lays beyond the horizon.
Within the space on each sheet of paper a world can be created either from a distant memory of a childhood holiday or from the desire to see parts of the world that for now are only dreamed about.
The 'Internal Wilderness' book has a selection of drawings from this series. 32 full colour pages printed on Tintoretto Gesso stock, 102mm x 152mm.