The Lie of the Land
       
     
  It Doesn't Matter  (2016, digital print on canvas, 220cm x 120cm)  It Doesn't Matter began as a tiny etching of a decapitated John Wayne. The print became life size and I drove it to Germany for a show in Mannheim in November 2016. It was joined by paintings and a set of work-in-progress photo-etchings - I really wasn't sure what direction to take them yet (but they became the seed for my MA degree show). When I returned I wanted to develop the title into a series of flags of utterings my mother has made. Things like 'You'll Never Make It' and 'I Could Have Been a Brain Surgeon'. I've only made two so far, 'It Doesn't Matter' and one for the 'A Girl Like You' project. They're quite beautiful objects, really, and graphite grubby.
       
     
 A Girl Like You was a collaborative effort in the spring of 2017. Three friends agreed to reminisce about an outing to the Sussex seaside in their youth. I printed the resulting texts and they were put into a show organised by a group of artists led by Jordan Baseman, head of sculpture at the RCA. We'd spent several months investigating the nature of the unreliable narrator...