Amidst the urban tapestry of the United Kingdom, where the modern meets the historic, lies a hidden beauty that often goes unnoticed - street furniture. In these unassuming metal structures, one can find a canvas of contrasts. Rust and resilience blend seamlessly, forming intricate patterns of weathered textures and vibrant graffiti art. Each junction box tells a story of connectivity, bridging the gaps between wires, streets, and people. These uncelebrated sentinels of the urban landscape offer a glimpse into the harmonious chaos of city life, where the functional becomes the fantastical, and the ordinary transforms into artistry.
Painting junction boxes can be seen as a natural progression from my previous works featuring old independent shops and abandoned places. While those earlier pieces captured the melancholic beauty of fading memories and vanishing histories, the street furniture symbolise resilience and adaptation in the face of modernisation.
Incorporating street furniture and especially junction boxes into my practise signifies a connection to the changing urban landscape. They represent the present and the future, as technology and connectivity continue to shape our surroundings. These seemingly mundane objects become a bridge between the past and the rapidly evolving present, providing a contrast that highlights the passage of time and the persistence of human presence in an ever-changing environment.
By painting street furniture alongside my depictions of shops and abandoned spaces, I create a narrative that not only reflects the passage of time but also the essential role that these unassuming elements play in our contemporary lives. It's a visual commentary on the enduring spirit of a place and its ability to adapt, even as some elements fade away. This juxtaposition adds depth and complexity to my artistic exploration, inviting viewers to contemplate the intricate layers of urban existence.