whittled pairs

A collection of matching pairs of hand-whittled forms. Objects are all found individually in estate sales, thrift stores and flea markets then categorised and stored. When another matching whittled form turns up (two dogs, two standing men, two chains…) the couple become part of this piece. The two items must not be made by the…

Accidental Haiku

An anonymous, half-completed diary from 1975. The entries that accidentally adhere to the rules of the Japanese poetic form Haiku flagged. Version of haiku rules used: 1. Use of three (or fewer) lines of 17 or fewer syllables 2. Use of a season word (kigo) 3. Use of a cut (sometimes indicated by a punctuation…

TA DA!

A found child-magician’s notebook is magically animated to tentatively open, pause, then slam shut, allowing the viewer just enough time to read the single entry on a list of potential tricks for a planned magic show. Watch here… Ta Da! is one of four pieces I have in the exhibition Realization¬†is Better than Anticipation at…

1/57 th of Andy Warhol

A red cotton shirt once belonging to Andy Warhol was cut into 57 pieces. Each piece was hand-numbered and archived on turquoise satin in a glass fronted box. The boxed shirt fragments were distributed amongst 57 people, along with a certificate of authenticity signed by Andy Warhol’s nephew (who the shirt had previously belonged to)…

100 Returned Postcards

100 previously written and posted postcards, sent back to their original recipients. Each found postcard was addressed to a different home in Cleveland, Ohio and originally sent between 1906 and 1998. I added a return address and valid stamp and put them back in the mail. 74 postcards found their destination, 26 were returned. The…

One Brown Shoe

In 2013, one hundred married couples in twelve countries responded to an instruction to each make a single brown shoe using materials found around their homes. They were asked not to discuss the project with their partners and to make their shoe in secret. The shoes were revealed only once both were completed. Made from…

Coat Check Exchange (proposal)

Proposal for an intervention/performance at art museums around the world. Visitors to the museum who check in their belongings at the coat-check will be offered a special object in return in place of the usual numbered tag. This object must be carried around the museum while the visitor views the exhibition. When the object is…

Smaller & smaller

One ball of playdough is formed each day, then hidden. The following day’s ball must be made smaller, judged only by the memory of the size of the ball the previous day. The success of the work is determined by its duration. The image shows the ball on day one. The project is ongoing.

Dangerous Objects Made Safer

Collection of dangerous objects covered in felt. Series includes so far; axe, bow-back hand saw, butcher’s knife, chopping knife, hammer, letter-opener, screwdriver, sickle, matchbox, match, nail, tailors scissors and tin snips.    

Moons From Next Door

A collection of found, chewed balls (once belonging to dogs) re-imagined and photographed as exquisite planets. Presented in a Viewmaster viewer with custom slide displaying seven images. Limited edition artist’s multiple. Available here. Found dog balls, custom Viewmaster slide, Viewmaster viewer. Exhibited at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 2013.

Man, baby, boy, man, and so on.

New trousers for Otto, made from a pair of his Great-Grandfathers pyjamas. As he grows I will extend and mend these trousers using the larger pair until the original pair are used up and Otto’s pair again reach man’s size. Or until he refuses to wear them.