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Chrome,

2023

MDF, wood dye, acrylic paint, wenge, paper pulp, reflective film, chameleon paint, electrical tape.
20cm x 19.5cm x 17cm

Most of the materials I use in my sculptures are offcuts or waste materials of some sort. The triangular side panel of this sculpture houses some reflective window film, left over after a desperate attempt to take the edge off the Sun’s intensity as it beamed into or tiny double glazed flat during the 40 degree heatwave in July last year. We had already lined other windows with tin foil (which did work surprisingly well to keep the temperature down a few degrees!) however in doing so we lost almost all of the natural light. It was a very strange experience to be in such a dark sweltering living room with all the lights on during a dazzling summer day. The reflective window film on the other hand, whilst it let in more daylight, gave everything a blueish tint which did also feel pretty odd in its own way. 

As the impacts of global warming become more apparent each year, we’ll no doubt all be looking for more and more ad hoc ways to try to get through it. The more I learn, the more I worry that in my life time the 40 degree window tin-foiling period of 2022 will be looked back on fondly as the easy time, the calm before the ‘way of life changing’ storm (for want of a better analogy). This is partly why I titled my last exhibition ‘Deep Adaptation’ after the climate paper by Jem Bendell

And with all that stewing in my mind the final piece for this sculpture became clear  - a piece of window film as an awkward, yet necessary addition to the object