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.
I walked the estuary trail from Exeter to Exmouth (approx. 10 miles) and placed 101 paintings on cardboard along the way.