Paul Forsey

Site Number: 75
Drawing and painting, Mixed media
Combe Gibbet, acrylic with gold leaf on paper, 600mm x 800mm (glazed)

My work is a lot of rubbish. By that, I mean I use non-traditional and found elements. Technically it’s called ‘mixed media’. But actually, it’s rubbish.

I collect up what has been discarded or forgotten by others and give these objects a new purpose. Here they are welcome, joining the paints and brushes, the mica and foil, the earth and the rain, the glitter and the gold. They become part of something else, something that will be crafted and cared about. They are cleaned and stored and wait patiently to perform their cameo in my renaissance for rubbish.

Odd earrings and broken necklaces become stars and moons; old buttons and found beer bottle tops become rocks and pebbles; other people’s detritus, so keenly spotted on long, coronavirus-inspired walks, are purposefully camouflaged into new worlds.

These days I am quite the enthusiast; repurposing, reusing and recycling as much as I can for my work. Found objects have an inherent history - that's the bit that appeals to me - but I have tried not to let the repurposing become a cliché. Consequently, clever pieces constructed from processed empty plastic drinks bottles, or labelled 'made from 30% recycled hamburger boxes' do not yet appear in my oeuvre, and nor will they. More a disapproving observer than an outraged crusader, I have no aspirations for any moral superiority. I simply collect what I find and include them in my own landscapes, as if they had been discarded or abandoned in the same uncaring, unthinking way all over again.

I am located near to Sarah Jane Gordon and open on the same days, so why not visit at the same time?

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Newbury and Central region
17 Three Acre Road
RG14 7AN
Newbury location, just off Wendan Road, easy parking
Working studio