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I'm an inconsistent artist, hugely distracted by life. I create in a variety of media including words, pictures, food and laundry. I do it because I can't seem to not. Sometimes it's fun.

Every picture tells a story, but whose, and about what?

26 March 2012

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Picture showing a wardrobe and fish against a yellow and blue background.

About this picture … The background is a sunny beach. The yellow represents the sand; the blue is the sea and sky. The wardrobe represents my mother. She had a concern for physical appearance that bordered on obsession. She spent a lot of time on her hair, clothes and make-up, trying to look glamorous; but only when she went out. The fish represents me. As a child I was criticised a lot by adults, particularly my mother, especially about the way I looked, but also about what I said, how...

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Hot summers, sticky sweets, and not so golden days.

25 March 2012

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Sweet Sunday

This picture is the latest in what I believe will be a long series, the working title of which is ‘Sundays’. Whereas the first one was hand drawn and painted, Sweet Sunday was created digitally, with a camera and scanner to get the images into the computer. I used a combination of  Serif and Adobe software to edit the images and create the picture. As previously described, Sunday visiting in the institution was special, extraordinary and transient. Visitors invariably brought...

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Symbolism, memory and truth - picturing the past.

13 March 2012

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Two circus clowns visit Pierrot in hospital

For decades I have wanted to write stories and paint pictures about my childhood. I've made many attempts, but with little sucess. Many old photographs have survived, particularly of my parents visiting me in hospital and Chailey Heritage. In the early ones, I'm very ill. Nearly all of them show big smiles and hugs. Memories tell  it differently. Copying photographs can be pointless and dreary. But recently, while doing just that, something unusual happened. As I was drawing, I kept asking...

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Dean Rodney Singers: Reaching for the stars. They’re out there.

6 March 2012

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Dean Rodney

On February 29 I spent a happy afternoon in Deptford, South London, at The Albany, the home of several creative and performing companies, including Apples and Snakes, Headway and Entelechy Arts. I was visiting Heart n Soul, a creative company that nurtures, supports and works with learning disabled artists. Together they make music, theatre, dance, visual art, digital art, films and clubs. My mission was to get to the heart and soul of the enigma that is Dean Rodney Singers, who have been...

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