'Nippon', mixed media on paper, 56 x 76 cm, 2011.
Applying paint to rag paper or Khadi with my hands: repeatedly painting and wiping the surface, adding and removing layers so stains and traces of the activity remain.
News had recently broken of the tsunami in Japan, where I used to live, so there is an influence of thinking of people quietly waiting in a ravaged landscape underwater in this piece.
This was the first painting in a three year project I set myself to explore and re-connect with this element of my practice behind closed doors, to just see what happened. In 2015 I exhibited the resulting substantial body of work titled Swimming & Other Things. This piece was made in the Old Police Station, Deptford, London, 2011.
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