parallel lines 1988
of a group exhibition with four other artists, in this work I
was attempting to combine a re-evaluation and reconciliation of
childhood with reflections on issues from my adult life including
environmental and ecological concerns.
that time I was making ten journeys a week to work and back by
train. I would often observe fleeting scenes from the window which
reminded me of the playgrounds of my youth when I would escape
from my suburban surroundings to “the nearest faraway place”,
slightly more rural places which were much more easily accessible
in those days, prior to extensive urban development.
the relatively detached vantage point the train afforded me I
found a degree of objectivity not unlike the objectivity one feels
when watching events on a television screen. This objectivity
also combined with another feeling of loss of control.
the work, the motif of the railway line was also used as a comment
on the environmental historical link to the industrial revolution,
its resultant effects on our relationship with the natural world
and my personal past and present life.
made remotely of events in the wider world such as de-forestation
and other current issues seen on television photographed from
the comfort of my armchair in front of my gas fire, were combined
with more personally intimate scenes made in places I used to
play in as a child in more care-free times.
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