Texts

This is an ongoing series of articles and essays with subjects including art, performance and culture.

False Starts

This article has grown from a montage of actual and imagined memories, dream fragments, interspersed with enigmatic objects, augmented by a chorus of simultaneous voices, pieced together without adhesive, in a time of immense shrivelling. It is offered here as a series of incomplete vignettes which should be viewed as erratic snippets, like talismans churned up by the tides, impregnated with unfathomable narratives.

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Supernatural Objects, up close and personal

Over time, I have interacted with objects that are so mysterious and enchanting that one cannot quite articulate their innate fascination, which is frequently spellbinding. These objects are ancient and at the same time appear so contemporary, as to be timeless. As a lifelong collector, coming from a lineage of seasoned, obsessive collectors, I am mesmerised by the cult of the object as a supernatural icon. Here I focus on a few of my favourite objects.

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L st and foound

A large, battered looking envelope, thudded through my mail box and I noticed a San Francisco stamp mark. Opening it, I discovered 10 articles of bisque porcelain in the form of ‘Frozen Charlottes’, manufactured sometime between 1850-1920…

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Germination of an idol: Reflections on animistic totems in life and art.

I would like to introduce you to a friend who lives in my bag. She’s actually a London stone, picked up off the street. You see, she looks a bit like a person and some think she resembles an owl. I take her everywhere with me. Visitor to the London Tribal Art Fair, 2017.

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magic edge

Birthday poem for Caroline Wiseman, 2017.

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Grottesco

In my lifelong hunt for the grottesco – I have travelled far and wide, both physically as a sort of acquisitive eyeball, or as a metaphysical tourist, and mentally, in my daydreams and reveries.

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Vanishing Points

I am foraging in a densely tangled thicket of vaguely connected thoughts for a theme to write about, and unwittingly, I stumble across my own predilection for secret places, which I have imbued with a heightened, special significance in memory that is partially true or completely reinvented.

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A Curious Descent

An article of various related and unrelated subjects that may only evince meaning after several determined attempts at reading.

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Tuber Matrix: Putting the Root Back into Ritual

Being a series of unrelated and quite disparate subjects for the student of the obscure.

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The bifurcations of bilge

Being some meditations on memorable canteen medals, banned comics, art dealers, and other diversions of an amusing and entertaining manner.

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