BIG CHRISTMAS SHOW 2020
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JOE HARGAN DA PPAI PAI
In the Mermaid pieces, the intention has been to use strong composition to highlight a feeling of hidden tension - disrupted phone call and the figure being found in places she wouldn't normally inhabit - in order to engender a feeling of displacement. The Mermaid represents the strength and endurance of the female character.
REAL GONE KID
A claustrophobic composition in which a young homeless boy is huddled at the feet of passersby who are oblivious, both to his presence and his predicament.
Their preoccupation with material possessions and designer labels contrasts with him having so very little. The difference in their status is referenced in the same scarf worn by the boy and the well-heeled woman.
Paper and Collage on Board
48cm x 48cm
NOTHING NEVER HAPPENS
The consequences of people doing nothing when a culture of apathy allows entropy to creep in.
Nature quickly runs free and takes over, causing collapse - 'Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world' (WB Yeats). Lyrics from Del Amitri's 'Nothing Ever Happens' are referenced throughout e.g.: traffic lights turned to stop and the billboarding advertising unneeded products. The telephone exchanges lead to jumbled wires, signifying the breakdown of communications that would be so devastating to 21st Century humanity. The Doomsday Clock, set at the current 100 seconds to midnight, symbolizes how close to the edge we are now. The cockroach, the consummate survivor, also references Kafka's Gregor Samsa, who suffered the terrible consequences of inaction.
Paper and Wire on Board
82cm x 45cm