Oil with charcoal and acrylic on canvas. (182 x 102cm)
Sheffield (UK) has a unique landscape, surrounded on all sides by hills. The city and national parkland bump right up against one and other. Whenever you leave the city you can always look back in on the, now miniature, city. This contradiction between the open wilderness and the urban is fascinating to me.
This work was made in reaction to a council decision to remove half of the trees in sheffield to save money on maintenance. A highly contentious decision which furthered the gulf between the urban and the countryside.
This large format work was created flat on the floor using washes of oils mixed with acrylic. The two media move against each other as they dry creating marbling and bubbles on the surface of the canvas. This process is repeated numerous times throughout the creation of the work.