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.
Here's John, fresh off the press, in my first year studio space at the RCA.
Before Germany, the print made an appearance in a group show at CGP London in Southwark. Here we are, setting things up.
The Tulla Realschule in Mannheim.
Flag making is dirty work.