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GRIMM TALES is an immersive theatre experience taking over the sprawling Bargehouse on London’s South Bank 21 November 2014 – 15 February 2015. It will see the lofty warehouse space transformed into an inspired world of overgrown forests, slaughterhouse kitchens, crumbling industrial castles and dilapidated attic ballrooms where audiences will witness a selection of murky tales performed by a cast of sixteen.

London’s newest alternative theatre experience has collaborated with The Other Art Fair to produce original artworks based on six of the famous tales.

This creative collaboration saw six artists commissioned to respond to one of the six delightfully twisted tales that are depicted in the show. I responded to the tale of The Frog King:

A beautiful princess cuts a deal with an ugly, well-dwelling frog to get back her beloved golden ball. Her promise is ambiguous, but he gets all amphibious and hops along to the palace to collect his well-earned prize. But ugly is only skin-deep of course, as the princess duly discovers when her temper frays.

The Frog King is available exclusively from The Other Art Fair Shop.

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Reclining birds, 2014
Carving on wood, ink, stone, material and rope
40 x 80 cm

Reclining birds 2014

Two (hybrid) figures are reclining in apparent bliss.
The contrasting monochromatic heads reference Yin and Yang, two opposing yet perfectly complementing ideals. This refers to the male and the female form and the honesty of true nature.
The human bodies and the ‘bird’ heads reflect ‘our’ place within the modern world and the constant need to separate us from the rest of the animal kingdom through a host of cultural, social and technological constructs.
The stones set in a geometric pattern highlight the games we play to provide distance from our primal needs and how they present themselves in a series of highly ritualized systems (especially courtship).
The wooden backdrop is a natural material but is specifically divided into equal sections. This again mimics our need to control natural form and the strict patterns we find ourselves adhering to in our daily routine.
The figures deliberately break this pattern to remind us that the coming together of the ‘two’ transcends all other constructs and is the most natural of all things.

 

Birds, 2014
Relief carving, resin, ink, rope, fabric on wood
100 x 100 x 6 cm

BParker Birds 2014

A relief carving of two hybrid figures standing.

The bird’s heads on the human torsos reflect mankind’s place within the modern world: the constant need to separate us from the rest of the animal kingdom through a host of cultural, social and technological constructs. The contrasting monochromatic heads reference Ying and Yang, two opposing yet perfectly complementing ideals. This refers to the male and the female form and the honesty of true nature.

The rope, set in a geometric pattern, highlights the ties to our primal needs and how these needs present themselves in a series of highly ritualized systems (especially courtship).

The wooden backdrop (a natural material specifically divided into equal sections) again mimics our need to control natural form and the strict patterns we find ourselves adhering to in our daily routine. The figures deliberately break this pattern, reminding that the coming together of the ‘two’ transcends all other constructs and is the most natural of all things.

If you are interested in Birds, please contact me.

Alternatively, you can purchase it on The Other Art Fair Shop or Saatchi Art.

 

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Good news! My artwork has been selected for The Other Art Fair, an amazing artist-led exhibition which will take place in London next 22-25 November.
I have already started working on some new ink and graphite pieces. Watch this space for more details.
In the meantime, get your tickets here: http://www.theotherartfair.com/visiting/tickets/

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