AboutExhibition of works by Tacy Kneale, Colin Beagley and Richard James
12 - 16 May 2014
I find insects and spiders fascinating. Their bodies and their lives are so different to ours and we fear or despise them. But they are vital for our continued existence.
From exotic insects beautifully preserved in collections, I have gone back to painting more familiar creatures found in corners or on windowsills. They don't have to be perfect, if they are slightly chewed or missing a leg, that just makes them all the more interesting.
I hope my paintings will persuade people to look again at these wonderful creatures.
And perhaps to think twice before squashing them
My recent paintings are an attempt to create suburban scenes that on the surface are aesthetic but have an underlying sense of menace.
When I travel between two destinations I take note, mainly in the form of photographs, of areas that have a balance between tension and the picturesque. I then manipulate them into an image that draws on those deep rooted paranoid feelings that we all experience when we are travelling between our safe places, especially when we decide to take a short cut.
There is something intriguing concealed at the junction of land and sea.
The coastal regions of Britain - especially those of Scotland - provide the focus and materials for my work. I want to uncover fragments of hidden mystery and to explore the subliminal landscape.
The objects I collect, and the way I combine them, is a recognition of the transience of life. The box serves to protect and highlight their importance - to preserve them in contemporary reliquaries.
If we must have something carnal to revere - some symbol of magic and supernatural power - why should it not come from the animals and birds, our companions in life?