Friday, 27 August 2010

'Butterfly Flow' show

My new show, ‘Butterfly Flow’ is starting next week (Aug 31st – Sept 19th) at the Piao Piao Gallery at 63-1, Yong Kang St. Taipei. This gallery is in the heart of a vibrant district of eateries, bars, antique shops and galleries. I love this area! For more info on the gallery and the address in Chinese go here.

If you’re in town on Sept 4th please come along to the opening party starting at 7pm. Hope to see you there!

One of the newer silk paper cuts on display is the latest in my series of circular works entitled ‘Jagged Waves’.

Waves crash against defiantly jagged rocks creating a rugged razor sharp surface. Higher up in the rocks plants and flowers cling to the surface immune to the salty spray around them.

The waves twisting and turning

The swirls and eddies of water

Some flowers

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

The Breath of the Spider

I’m working hard preparing for a one man show this September. It'll be a mix of new and revisited silk paper cuts made over the last year or two. It'll include the largest cut I've ever done.

Between the yells and screams of doubt, frustration and cut fingers there are times when I think I’m onto something such as this piece (Click on it to get a better view).

I’ve been working on it for over a year. It’s provisionally called ‘Spider Breath’ (I know spiders don’t really breath like you or I but in my world they do!). This spider breaths and the sudden exhalation of air causes a domino effect of events that creates this silk cut world shown here.

I’ve layered coloured silk to create an exaggerated sense of depth to the work.

There’s a whole ecosystem here. From the roots of palnts…

To a gushing stream…

To the numerous ‘beasties’ that inhabit this place…

And the clouds and rain that bring life…

Thursday, 5 August 2010


Just took a month long pause to visit home in the UK. From the sweaty tropical balm of metropolis Taipei to the cool greenness of the deep Dorset countryside. What a contrast!

Here are some textures that I discovered and that will at some time or other appear in my work I hope.

The trip was divide between countryside....
and sea

The skeletal remains of a half eaten but still alive leaf held together by thin sinewy threads.

The energy displayed in the seeming solidity of wood always amazes me. The way the surface flows hints of a time when there was much struggle.

I love this lump of softened mudstone crammed full of rock. You can often find fossils in this grey mud.