Unknown Woman: 2018
Painted Lady: 2012
Nude Descending: 2011
Notes on New Model Army
The ‘New Model Army’ is my ongoing figurative sculptural series which I began making in 2011, during my doctoral studies at Goldsmiths College. The sculptures are made from objects and materials discarded in urban streets, and which may seem, therefore, as unwanted and value-less. I take these materials to my studio and care for them. This includes when this seems impossible – that is, when the materials seem dead or beyond resuscitation. Some materials need rest, sometimes for a long time, before I can work with them. Others surprise me by being ready for action.
When making the sculptures, I use barely any tools and only a minimal amount of new materials bought from DIY and haberdashery stores. I work with these materials to make figurative sculptures that are upright and able to withstand being moved. When they are ready, I take them outside to photograph and film them individually and / or in groups, in urban sites that I have pre-selected. Collectively, I refer to these site-sensitive projects as ‘Fieldworks.’