Small Wares and Trifles – 2008


‘In my paintings humble objects of both play and service sit in gentle, quirky arrangements exploring banality and sacredness, triviality and holiness. These, at times artless, worthless, anonymous relics of childhood and household are collected and arranged to hint at shifting memory, collections, service and sacredness. My work is built around the search for personal objects which can become metaphors for these ideas. I have found objects from my own childhood collections and have combined these with cast away plastic toys, old tin toys and miniatures from other sources. ‘

I’m particularly interested in ‘Rhopography’ (from rhopos meaning trivial, small wares, trifles) which describes the humble things as opposed to the grand.