'QUESTIONING ADULTS (WHAT OBJECT WOULD YOU LIKE TO OWN BUT KNOW THAT, FOR WHATEVER REASON, YOU NEVER WILL? WHATEVER IT IS I WILL REMAKE IT FOR YOU)' 2007
Carved balsa wood & enamel paints / Cartridge paper & coloured pencil in frame
83cm x 60cm / 30cm x 24cm
A private commission based around my forgery of
the painting 'Questioning Children' 1948, by Karel Appel.
Invited to make a new work for the home of two architects I devised a project that asked the question "What object would you like to own but know that, for whatever reason, you never will? Whatever it is I will remake it for you".
The question prompted a long negotiation as we discussed the various potential outcomes, whittling a long list of options - literary first editions, prototypes, photographs, designer objects - down to the final selection. They finally chose the Karel Appel piece as a poster for this work had always been in one of their uncles homes when they would visit as a child.
Once the object had been chosen I went back to the studio to work out how I could reproduce this assemblage of found wood and broadly applied oil paint. Deciding to aim for a purely visual recreation I took the model maker's approach and used a scalpel, balsa wood, small tins of enamel paint and fine brushes to exactly replicate every crack, drip and smear.