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I have produced a number of works of what I call 'Conceptual Art', but which some might want to call 'Found Art' from the French 'objet trouvé'. Let's just call them 'Mixed Media Assemblages'.
Sometimes I find the material for these works on the sea-shore or in the forest, but most times I find them lying around at home or in the Syndicate's Permanent Installation. But my major source of inspiration is the vide grenier/flea market, where I buy lots of things, some of which I use immediately, others of which I cannot find any immediate use for, so they get put in storage -- I have a large Junk Room -- until inspiration comes later.

I try and juxtapose two or more simple objects and/or materials into something that is different from their individual parts. For example, I have created a 'Sea Monster' from a piece of drift-wood, and some feathers from a Football World Cup wig. Another example: I have made a portrait of my late mother from a photo, some dice and some foam sound-damping material. And there are various works using Playmobil figures and various bits of kitchen items.

Bird cages also give me scope -- scope to stuff them with various things that are, not birds (or at least not live birds). I spent a few weeks disassembling a lot of old and non-working alarm clocks, and ree-assembled the pieces into a series of 'Clock Art' works.Last example: I have made a miniature version of Darlington FC from traditional wooden clothes pegs which I have painted and assembled in a Cartier cigar box.


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