With my work, I tend to play around with ideas and this in turn this produces a spin off of several projects.
The theme of my earlier work ( and still is to some extent ) is travel. So I thought about using a format of wings, that I’d used in larger scale project a couple of years ago – A Means of Travel and how I personally pass the time during any journey. I read…..and I listen to music.
What music sums up travelling….and how can I pass that on without actually using sound?
Looking at lyrics that were loosely based on travelling, I chose ‘King of the Road’ because it has a relaxed, drifting sort of feel. Even though it is an old song, people from all ages and different geographical areas seem to know it. Combining the lyrics with the shape, I had the onset of a project.
The first draft of the work was shown at Tate Liverpool, during the Liverpool Independents Biennial 2010.
I emailed the image, with simple instructions on how to cut the shape out, to several overseas friends, asking them to photograph the object in a place that was known to them. I also asked them to describe, in their own language, how they travelled to that place.
I photocopied the images that came back to me, cutting them into the shape of wings and created an installation of over a 1000 of the cut outs This was shown at METAL Liverpool inFebruary 2011.