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Month: January 2021

Peter Buggenhout

Peter Buggenhout

  • Buggenhout produces work which resemble ruins using easily accessible material.
  • Certainly- his work resembles the remnants of a site, of an aftermath of an explosion, eruption, earthquake or fire. I like how he has used something which upsets or unsettles as his source of inspiration, the result of a disaster. He reproduces it as if that memory is worth saving- as if it is something to be celebrated or valued.
  • There is certainly a very rough and ready, rustic feel about his work. The sculpture looks distressed. Yet at the same time, being placed in a pristine white space and usually elevated, they become treated as if beautiful and poetic- like artefacts in a museum.
  • However they are not artefacts- but fakes. Perhaps one day they will be considered artefacts? What makes an artefact?

Hannah Hoch, Doris Salcedo

Hannah Hoch

Doris Salcedo


Hannah Hoch, Doris Salcedo, Fiscli and Weiss inspired collage.

A3 Collage: ‘Study’

Collages Inspired by Sofia Hulten

Sofia Hulten

  • Sophia Hultén lives and works in Berlin.
  • Her works often use found materials and draw on the concept of time and quantum physics.
  • For ‘Indecisive angles’, the artist cut and reassembled found metal trolleys to make them functionless. Such sculptures seamlessly blend together in unusual angles- as if they have been cut and placed in front of a mirror.
  • Likewise, in a more recent piece, ‘Ok ok ok ok ok’ in 2019, Hultén elevated two step ladders joined together with steel bearings rendering them useless. The sculpture seems to tip forward, playing with time, as if about to rotate, and seems to resemble the wheel of a mill.
  • I love how Hultén cuts and reassembles objects as well as her minimalistic approach. Whereas in the past I have largely kept my found objects whole (perhaps excluding my greenhouse sculpture), it may be interesting to experiment taking apart objects and cutting them before reassembling them. It may make my work seem even more unsettled and alien.

Sketches and Collages


Lockdown 4!

Back in Edinburgh with more restrictions than last term!

The workshops aren’t open so I think I may have to start out with some sketches and collages, which could be works in themselves. At the same time I may start looking for some sculpting materials- keeping an eye out at skips and visiting the scrap yard (if it is open!)

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