Within that journey these objects undergo a processes of ageing, disintegration and erosion. The original function becomes obsolete and they take on new physical and textural forms. They are changing shape in addition to mapping their journeys and making apparent their histories.
As we live within a “culture of austerity” the discarded, wasted and throwaway are likewise being transformed with resourcefulness and innovation. A large part of
Symonds recent practice involves making use of discarded canvases, the ones stored away and overlooked. He began to recycle, reuse, and re-value. Gradually new structures and forms emerged from this process of dismantling and constant
rearrangement. Although altered in their shape, surface and identity the traces of the original form is obvious.
Pete Symonds was born near Perth, Australia and now lives and works in Leeds.
He gained a B.A.(Hons) in Fine Art from Leeds Metropolitan University and has
exhibited at various galleries nationwide. He was also shortlisted for the NatWest Painting Prize.