There is no doubt that my taste is changing – I am drawn to more abstract and semi abstract work than I was when I was younger. I wonder why? I see marks and patterns that attract me in the strangest of places, even in rubbish. As you know, one of my hobbies is beach combing. I like to collect objects that are weathered and distressed by the sea – these are nearly always man made items – whilst I appreciate the beauty of stones and shells I do not feel the need to collect them.
It is unusual to find paper on the beach as it is easily broken up by the waves – not so, sadly, the plastic. These are some bits collected recently:
A crisp bag, a sandwich wrapper and other plastic. I like the way the colours and text have been eroded and altered by the action of the sea.
But, the big question of course, is how can these be used in “Art”. Well, as a start, I played around with composition, decided I needed a bit more texture and added some found duct tape. So the next stage could be to reinterpret these shapes and colours in mixed media …. a project for the New Year.