Paddle-Pop detail 2014
“Paddle-Pop” came about, again, during a frustrating time in my practice. Executing “exact” illustrations or impressions of objects and people was proving difficult. I also found I wasn’t going into the studio enough. Eventually I was actually a little bit unwell, but still pushed myself to go and make work. I remember this being the first time working at this scale, and it partly came about out of desperation. I remember feeling quite dizzy that day and realised retrospectively that I was probably 80% fuelled by cough medicine. I feel the end result somewhat reflects that unintentionally.
This piece was also the first discovery of the “slow drying” technique - which allows the patterns and caves to form.