Shrink-wrapped Paintings 2016 – present
The Shrink-wrapped Paintings are participatory paintings, whereby audiences or owners of these works are asked to follow instructions to keep the paintings 'alive'. People are instructed to bind (using shrink-wrapped plastic) objects into the body of these paintings. Items so far have included train tickets, shoes, jewellery, shells, letters, cash. Transparent shrink-wrap is employed so that all the items given over to the paintings are visible, yet the more items that are added, the transparency that one expects with cling-film vanishes. Instead, the paintings appear to be coated in an opaque film.
These works are filled with readymades, once bound into the painting, these objects cannot be retrieved. The sedimentary layers and plastic films depict the passing of time; the life labour of the painting is visible, like a tree bearing the marks of each passing year.
Wrapped, Centre of Audio Visual Experimentation, CAVE, University of Leeds. 2019
Surfaced: Surface and Materiality in the Screen Environment, Thames-Side Studios, London, 2018
Not Painting, Copperfield Gallery, London, 2021