The central image, applied to a tablet of hand-made paper, is a chemical reduction of a black and white photograph of the artist as a young man, taking part in a stage play at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre in 1974. My being there had nothing to do with any acting ability; the production needed a saxophone player and it was just circumstance that got me the job.
The career potential that this offered me, by performing in an excellent university production of one the ‘Jeru’ plays by the African playwright: Wole Solenka, faded not long after; just as the photographic image of that memorable moment also faded with the passage of time.
To create viable artistic substance, the effectively imperceptible, central image of that single recorded moment in 1974 could only expand physically outwards; just as do the annual growth rings of trees expand from their first moment of life above ground. Throughout its growth, the original image seems to have collected a number of other visual references, pertinent to the artist at the time of the work's production. Eventually, the main composition is protected by a strong clear acrylic sheet; it has arrived, lucky image.
Mixed media: Photocopy of photograph applied to handmade paper, canvas, oil paint, acrylic, brass tube and further collaged objects.