New work: Zone A - A Palestinian View of Jerusalem, cyanotype concrete triptych mounted on wood.
The Art of Failure
It was an abstract idea from the start, but it eventually became a concrete existence due to the process of failure. The concept of two artists working in polar mediums was the most interesting part of the project for me. I began to research how to embed light sensative chemicals onto the surface of concrete, photography would meet sculpture, a concept I’d never imagined before. This film is about failure, resistance and success.
The Phenomena of the Israeli Security Barrier
The Israeli Security Barrier has been called the architecture of occupation, the apartheid wall, the world’s largest open prison. It has appeared in film’s, books, articles, and priceless pieces of art have been sold for millions of dollars because of this structure. A hotel has been created due to it’s very existence, claiming it has the ‘worst views in the world.’ There are entire departments in the United Nations dedicated to it. During my visits between 2004 - 2014 I documented part of it being built, now I am creating prints of it onto concrete; to my mind this structure draws you in like a magnet.
The concrete foundations of the wall, the design of the checkpoints, the paranoid attitude of the heavily armed soldiers who permanently man it, makes travelling a few miles either side of it a daunting experience, both visually and psychologically. It was to become the largest, most costly infrastructure project in the history of Israel. And for a construction project of that size and scale it’s almost invisible on Google Earth.
Military Architecture in the Landscape is an ongoing personal photographic project that looks at the aesthetics of these structures in the natural landscape. I will be exploring what these structures symbolise through the medium of photography, film, photochemistry and sculpture. The project is coming along and I have already started the research in Scotland, England, Israel and Palestine.