Wall Piece 8, Perspex 2008

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I had previously been taught calligraphy, and  its shapes and the ink were to influence my next pieces, made from translucent ink-coloured acrylic sheets. I was interested in how they were lit and the shadows they cast when first hung originally like a piece of Oriental writing.  I soon abandoned the idea of making three-dimensional calligraphy , since the deformity of the shapes produced had little meaning and was not particularly successful aesthetically. I therefore returned to the original minimal size, cutting out different templates, bending them, then hanging them in  lines like oriental text. This developed into an installation piece when first exhibited which I named Callitactil a combination of calligraphy with the tactile.

The next piece developed from this, but was horizontal on a ground defined area and had a more poetical feel. I called it  Escrito de Campo ( field of writing).

The wall hangings started as the `stations of the cross’, but with the paintings I was executing at the time called Evocations, developed as just `stations’ in my discipline. Minimal in size and made of both opaque and translucent acrylic, the forms and their assemblages were more to do with movement and dance, and originated from the piece Water.

The next pieces, the Codices, have a long gestation period that I wasn’t aware of at first, influenced by the South American codices that I saw during my stay in Mexico in 1994 and the relationship of these to the forms in Mayan stone sculpture. It took sixteen years when experimenting with shapes in clear acrylic  and after superimposing images of the twentieth century onto them that I observed the similarity. This then became called Codex of the Twentieth Century.

The difficulty of joining it together was overcome with a solution that I had used in a much earlier piece made in green acrylic, called Envelope. Rather than gluing the elements together, I used a bent envelope shape to attach them. In Codex 2  this provides an opportunity for changing the elements when the installation is created.