I find inspiration from building sites, depots and industrial estates. These properties are filled with pallets, containers, building materials, and surrounded by wire fencing coated with ‘danger’ and ‘do not enter’ signage. I’m also attracted to brightly coloured commercial, advertising and reflective road signs. This clutter is strongly reflected in my work.
When creating a piece I focus on the size of the lettering and numbers, font and the balance of colour. I enjoy the discipline of using only the material I find. It has had a life in the everyday world and my interest is in recycling and giving it a new life as art. I use numbers less often because they are less common and usually just phone numbers on business signs.
How the sculptures are named depend names and words I find within the pieces when they are complete, and at other times simply a fun play on words. Sometimes I deliberately construct words that spread within my work giving the peice a stronger meaning and offering a challenge to the viewer to figure out what that is. I sometimes wonder how much time is spent by those who look for a word, message or meaning that is or isn’t there.