As we come towards to the end of 2017 I thought it would be good to share what I think is one of my best works from this year. I made this for issue no.7 of a Swedish arts magazine called Timglaset. The theme was 'Errata' which triggered me into Dada mode. It seemed to me that this movement, being quite nihilistic and anti-aesthetic, would work well with the theme.
So, a quick explanation: the work is done on the back of a used envelope with the glue and the brand name revealed at the top, which is an obvious 'mistake'. The cut-and-paste limbs are in the wrong place (more mistakes) and are not matched in size (oh dear!) and the head and one arm form an oversized phallus shape on this rolling nightmare-type figure. All is connected by the central cog. A single flexed arm appears to punch a red sphere which is a symbol of strength or aggression. A diagonal line loosely anchors the whole thing. This is a war-like, machine-like entity but it is also comical and kind of silly, which war is in so many ways.
Anyway it's my favourite piece of work from this year; just thought I'd let you know.
Muscles Grouped According To Their Principal Action
Collage by Jane Pearrett
Pencil, gouache and vintage images on an envelope