AUSTRALIAN EXHIBITION DATES
21 JUNE to 1 SEPTEMBER – WOLLONGONG CITY GALLERY, WOLLONGONG
9 to 22 SEPTEMBER – SALERNO GALLERY, SYDNEY
11 to 24 OCTOBER – BRUNSWICK STREET GALLERY, MELBOURNE
FIGHT or FLIGHT is a 13 piece linear series of work that depicts the story of an old man whose home is about to be destroyed. As the aged man is left with no fight in his withered body, two young girls take it upon themselves to help him win his war. The journey takes the girls from the city to the mountains, deep into the forest and out to the ocean. Along the way they cross paths with others who are also faced with the decision of whether to fight or take flight.
The series explores contrasts – between urban and rural spaces, internal and external realities, melancholy and joy, young and old, win or lose and between freedom and confinement. The works centre on themes such as feelings of claustrophobia in an increasingly controlled society, the nightmare of being forgotten and abandoned, and the relief of finding community and of being found.
Combining hand drawn illustrations, screen printing and stencil art FIGHT or FLIGHT is a series that will be admired by young urban art lovers and fine art collectors alike. Each work will be a limited edition aerosol colored screen print of 55. All prints are colored using hand cut stencils and free hand spray painting techniques and are then hand screen printed making every piece in the edition unique. All pieces are signed and numbered by the artist.
Below are some process and progress pics for this series of work. I start by drawing the line and hatch based illustration with ink. Once finished this illustration gets burnt onto a silk screen. I then cut the stencils to color each work, most are between 5-10 layers in this series. Sometimes up to 10 of each stencil needs to be hand cut to get the total 55 quality prints as the stencils break down with the spray paint build up. Once all the coloring is done I then pull the screen print over the top to create the black illustration layer. I use water-based ink over solvent based aerosol, which can cause a bunch of issues… I could write a book on my 3 month experimentation phrase to get these 2 mediums to work today.