ALONG THE WAY II 2015
I first came across Tom's work when he visited my clinic, the National Problem Gambling Clinic wanting to collaborate on a project portraying problem gamblers through art rather than in the usual clinical case description way that I normally use in academic journals. I look ofrward to working with him on this project.
The paragraph below was sent to me by the artist:
Tom’s work explores the experience of being. We have a perception of ourselves and we are perceived by others, and these perceptions exist in a context of place, space and time. In these pieces, Tom uses the inherent qualities of clear acrylic, and his own ‘head space’ to explore these perceptions. The ‘positive’ shaped head is cut out of the opposite ‘box’ in such a way that the box contains nothing but the remaining cut out shape – a reflection of the negative space. Both pieces therefore come from the same sheet of material, but are used to characterise the same state of being, in opposing ways. The relationship between the ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ pairs that make up each sculpture further explores our relationship with ourselves – which is an influencing factor in the experience of being.
In my pieces, there is no anatomical analysis. I only use the contours of the outside shape – in this case of the head. The psychological is implied rather than stated