KEOS (artist) 1942 – 2014, 2019 | household dust, pencil | 240 x 105 x 105 mm
Karol Edward Osten-Sacken (KEOS) was a larger than life character that I found myself orbiting in Margate between 1980 and 1985. During my residency at Margate Caves, where he restored and painted murals, I found myself again in his orbit.
MARGARET BRYAN (natural philosopher) 1757/8 – 1836, 2019 | household dust, human hair, pencil | 460 x 200 x 220 mm
My Caves residency was heavily focused on this intriguing woman who ran a boarding school for young women above the then undiscovered caves. Unusually for the time, she taught physics and astronomy.
DAUGHTERS OF MARGARET BRYAN, 2019 | household dust, pencil | 240 x 110 x 105 mm
HERTHA AYRTON (Physicist, inventor, suffragette) 1854 – 1923, 2019 | household dust. Acrylic, pencil | 133 x 94 x 83 mm
I serendipitously discovered Hertha Ayrton had come to Margate, whilst researching Margaret Bryan for my caves residency. Her visit in 1901 was important in her research into the causes of ripple marks in sand. Ayrton was a trailblazer for women in science.
DUST BREEDING, 2020 | household dust | 100 x 80 mm
Dust Breeding is a nod to Man Ray’s 1920 photograph, titled Elevage de Poussière – Bringing up Dust or Dust Breeding (Duchamp’s Large Glass with Dust Motes). The work had been sitting horizontally in Duchamp’s studio and collecting dust for a year.
I WILL GET THROUGH THIS, 2016 | household dust, human hair, book | 95 x 60 x 75 mm | Books are not really solid objects at all – we read our way through them. Of course some are much harder to get through than others but whatever the book, it will undoubtedly have a transforming affect on the reader. With one figure assisted by another this piece appears to pay homage to scholastic pursuits and to the teacher/student relationship. However, this book cannot be read as it is bound with fine threads of golden hair.
GHOST OF MY LIVING MOTHER, 2010 | household dust | 35 x 25 x 90 mm
PINK DRESS, 2010 | household dust | 33 x 22 x 85 mm | Collection: 21st C Museum Kentucky
LADY OF BURMARSH, 2011 | household dust | 130 x 80 x 100 mm | Collection: Jonathan Lewis, New York
DEPART, 2012 | household dust, burnt toy soldier | 44 x 30 x 10 mm
RETURN, 2015 | household dust | 50 x 20 mm
I CANT GO ON, I MUST GO ON, I WILL GO ON, 2013 | household dust, rust, helmet | 315 x 280 x 180 mm
MUSIC BOX, 2015 | household dust, portable record player | 300 x 260 x 355 mm
DUST BUST, 2010 | household dust, cobwebs
TORNADO HEAD, 2012 | household dust, human hair, hair spray | 90 x 90 x 150 mm | Collection: 21st C Museum, Kentucky