Sleepless Nights a.k.a Recycled Painting 1978
Private Collection USA
First exhibited Thread Collages, Crafts Advisory Committee Gallery London 1979, my first exhibition.
Excerpt from the catalogue: For my part it has been interesting to note that my own preoccupation has moved slowly from an initial use of stitchery and the ways it can be regarded as a structural unit (a reaction against the excesses of stitchery and imagery often used) to a gradual appreciation of the surfaces arrived at by assembling a collection of disparate pieces of thread, timber, fabric, paint and papers. In all cases there is no form of working drawing or sketch, each piece is improvised as I work it through and acts on its completion as a source of information for the next.
The title’s a reference to having once committed yourself to a piece, you have to get on and finish it. Made over 2 months, the work's a diary of sorts, anything that came into the house or studio, bills, letters papers, was incorporated into the composition. The 3 panels illustrate a transference of energy across the structure from left to right.