Here are some new works (and one old) of mine that are being exhibited at Edinburgh College of Art in “The Secret Confession“. The first is “Untitled (05 Nov 2010)”. It consists of a wooden box made of Scottish oak, lined with thick felt, sat on a concrete table top and oak legs. Inside the box are 342, close-to-identical screenprints of coffins draped in Union flags. Each print represents one of the 342 British servicemen and women killed during operations in Afghanistan since the start of the conflict, up until 5th November 2010. Every print has the name of the deceased, with the date of death and a number (eg the first death is marked with 1/342, the last 342/342). The box and table were made by Colin Parker, an artist and furniture maker. The box is also bound in white tape and is stamped on the inside of the lid with “05 NOV 2010”.
The second work is a screenprint called “Aztec Silence/Infinite Justice”. It shows battle diagrams of the final 4 conflicts on British soil, which are combined with text related to “Operation Enduring Freedom“.
Finally is a work I made in 2004 called “Convincing the Wolf of the Error in it’s Ways” which is a large felt banner. This work is one of four banners I made for abandoned churches in Fife. Each banner contains specific references to the history of each church and its surrounding area. After I had originally exhibited these banners at Collective Gallery in Edinburgh in 2004, I took them back to the sites of the churches, hung them, and left them there. The only reason I still have this one is because my mum and dad went to the church the day after to rescue it – I don’t know what happened to the other 3.
Also, I recommend you go to see the exhibition, there are 15 other artists there, and I particularly like Keith Farquhar‘s.