Polysword (2016)
Heating Elements, EPS
Exhibited at Trial & Error, Wolff Olins, London, 2016

Heating elements are reformed as hand-tools to melt polystyrene blocks into furniture-like shapes. With each memory of movement captured, the ‘Polysword’ freely allows one to extrude and carve outcomes in minutes.

The Polysword converts electricity into heat through resistive heating. Each Polysword operates at 13 amps, 240 volts, 3120 watts, and temperatures can reach above 700°C. A thermocouple and controller are used to maintain constant temperature, the expanded polystyrene has a density of 22g/ltr.

The heating elements were manufactured by Elmatic, Cardiff, UK.

Polysword (2016), 7mm SQ7 heating element, 13 amps, 240 volts, 3120 watts
Polysword (2016), Chair 1, 39” x 19” x 21”
Polysword (2016), Table 1, urethane, 14” x 30” x 13”
Polysword (2016), sheath-wire element, 8mm od incoloy, 13 amps, 240 volts, 3120 watts
Polysword (2016), Chair 2, 30” x 53” x 17”
Polysword (2016), Chair 3, 30” x 67” x 17”
Polysword (2016), Chair 1, urethane, 30” x 18” x 17"
Make-Up (2016)
MDF, Two-Tone Gloss Paint
Exhibited at Trial & Error, Wolff Olins, London 2016

An unglamorous construction material becomes the centre of attention.

Make-Up (2016), Chair, 48” x 14” x 16”
Make-Up (2016), Tables
Make-Up (2016), Collection
Make-Up (2016), detail
Inside Out (2012)
Triptych, Edition of 5, Kodak Professional Metallic Paper
Exhibiting at Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

I turn myself inside out – by eating 35mm photographic film. The bumps, scratches and marks left on the damaged emulsion were examined through a scanning electron microscope. In collaboration with Luke Evans.

Inside Out (2012), Inside Out I, 72" x 48"
Inside Out (2012), Inside Out II, 72" x 48"
Inside Out (2012), Inside Out III, 72" x 48"
Drive-By (2016)
Tinted car window glass, steel pedestal
Exhibited at Trial & Error, Wolff Olins, London, 2016

The narcissistic use of viewing ones own reflection in car windows inspired this series of mirrors.

Drive-By (2016), T3 VW windshield, 60” x 28”
Drive-By (2016), Mk3 Ford Fiesta, 18” x 7.5”
Drive-By (2016), Mk3 Ford Fiesta, 18” x 7.5”
Drive-By (2016), Mk3 Vauxhall Astra, 16” x 9”
Drive-By (2016), Mk3 Vauxhall Astra, 16” x 9”
Untitled (2017)
Silver gelatin print, 31" x 25
Untitled (2017), Silver gelatin print, 31" x 25
Untitled (2017), Silver gelatin print, 31" x 25
Untitled (2017), Silver gelatin print, 31" x 25
Cedar (2016)
Cedar
Exhibited at Trial & Error, Wolff Olins, London, 2016

A self-supporting cedar bench, capable of seating nine.

Cedar (2016), 20” x 168” x 12”
Cedar (2016), underside
Children's Chairs (2013)

A class of 7-8 year olds drew their version of a chair, and we made them into reality. In collaboration with Jack Beveridge.

Children's Chairs (2013)
Children's Chairs (2013)
Children's Chairs (2013)
Children's Chairs (2013)
Children's Chairs (2013)
Children's Chairs (2013)
About

Based in London & Cape Town
Graduate & lecturer at Kingston School of Art


Contact

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Typeface Alpha by Simon Mager (Omnigroup)
Website by Frederik Mahler-Andersen (Omnigroup)


Projects


Exhibitions

TBA Iconoclasts Part III, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
2016 Trial & Error, Wolff Olins, London, UK