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Murmurations, 2022

A series of small print/paintings derived from the source material/imagery of William Morris wallpaper designs. Here I’m experimenting with the process of making works with an embossed surface derived from a digital image. In this instance there is a connection to the embossed surfaces of certain kinds of flocked wallpaper. I’m filtering/translating these images through a degraded contemporary technological lens, working with the designs of William Morris, who himself was looking back to the values of a different time. Rejecting industrial modernity, Morris sought a return to handcraftsmanship and a kind of Romanticised Medievalism. With Morris’s iconic designs I saw the opportunity to marry the language of the digital halftone with the underlying decorative symmetry to highlight the frictions between the past and the contemporary experience.

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