Capitals and Columns

I’ve been developing this series since 1983, my final year of MA Degree studies at the RCA.

I began my MA studies focusing on painterly abstractions of water surfaces (which I still like to paint). But I felt a tear between the aesthetics of my painting practice and what I saw as a resource worker: fantastic visions of wrecked car mountains spilling into a river which was lined with log booms (old growth forests) half buried in the intertidal mud.

So I turned away from painterly representations of water surfaces towards surreal stacks of automobiles piled on top of each other, with the 18th C printmaker/ architect Piranesi in mind.

We take it for granted that objects of desire and manufacture are presented in glossy magazines, on billboards, television monitors and pedestals. I’m merely re-presenting these same objects on upside down trees and Ironic Columns.