Relying Upon Certainty.... (B47)

Catalogue Record

Collection

Maker

Title

Relying Upon Certainty....

Made in

Oxfordshire

Date

1993

Description

Text reads:
RELYING
UPON CERTAINTY
AT THE OUTSET
BUT TRUSTING THE
PERFORMANCE TO CHANCE

Materials and techniques

Incised, riven Welsh slate, hand-cut lettering using hammer and chisel.

Dimensions

length:  70cm
width:  50cm

Object number

B47

Category

Maker's statement

Working as I do almost entirely by commission, I lack enthusiasm for works of lettering which do not go beyond the merely representational. I find it difficult, for instance to enjoy works using letters that do not transcend the purely informational, blandly literal or simply visual. This piece is an attempt to comment upon the dilemma of the maker in trying to retain the spirit of the work alongside careful and exacting craft methods. I believe that this piece not only speaks of this dilemma, but is manifestly demonstrating the dilemma itself. Exhibited in Visions and Revisions, Collection touring exhibition, closed 1998.