Street Bits

2010-2011, I was signed off work for best part of a year after struggling for some time with difficulties related to my mental health.  Atos assessments, therapy, self-harm, isolation … being signed off made me feel worse; being creative helped get me through it.  I printed a selection of poems painted on plasterboard and fly-posted around the streets of Exeter, Plymouth and Bristol (an idea inspired by my DJing days and the old mug’s game of fly-posing for gigs).  I then re-visited each location to see how people had interacted with the work – tearing, removing, defacing etc.  This led to the idea of cutting up and reforming my poems, which I painted onto a mixture of wood and glass then placed around various urban, rural and coastal locations.  A process of revealing, destruction and renewal that somehow seemed to capture what I was experiencing at the time.  This would lead to breaking new ground (in more ways than one) with work developed in my Tudor Street studio.