Keith Wilkins – Featured Artist
For my generation growing up during WWII, collecting things from bomb sites, making things and swopping shrapnel in the playground was very exciting.
I could draw before I could write. Drawing was my international language.
What I do now is an extension of these early influences. For me, the intellectuality of creativity is of no concern.
Between then and now, I have been a designer, inspired by The Festival Of Britain 1952. It lasted until the ’90’s, when making stuff became actively discouraged. Then it became more important to hide the past in land fill sites. The tendancy has now reached fever pitch with the exponential growth of materialism and technology. Recycling waste into entry level sculpture has become a serious occupation.
For me, everything becomes an open ended 3D jigsaw puzzle. Sometimes resulting in abstract assemblages, but increasingly wanting to become mythological or endangered species, just like us.
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