‘Maze Fragment’ is one of three new artworks which will be on display at The Lightbox in Woking, UK as part of the Royal Society of Sculptors’ exhibition: Parallel Lines: Drawing and Sculpture. The piece was made in response to Michael Ayrton’s sculpture ‘Maze Music’, from the Ingram Collection of Modern Art. It will be exhibited alongside Ayrton’s piece as well as works by other great masters such as Dame Barbara Hepworth, Sir Anthony Caro, Lynn Chadwick, John Behan, Eduardo Paolozzi, and kenneth Armitage.
Find out more about the exhibition here.
Exhibition opens: 22nd June - 25th August 2019
About the work
My works are concerned with tangles, lines, the maze of words or the labyrinth of time. I studied the myth of Daedalus - the greatest artist and the creator of the Labyrinth. This artwork shows a journey of lines across the paper which could be geographical contours, a distorted music stave with tumbling notes, or walking tracks in parallel. The lines lose their way along the route and become more haphazard. My drawings are created by burning the surface of calligraphy paper.
This drawing rests on a mirror backing: It reflects the light, dark, and faces in the room as little moments becoming entangled in the puzzle. I called this work ‘Maze Fragment’ because it is part of a large series in which the lines span across 50 artworks, all existing now in parallel in different places - a fragmented map. Michael Ayrton’s sculpture Maze Music is concerned with the maze’s maker and its occupants. In Ayrton’s book The Maze Maker Daedalus says “I never understood the pattern of my life, so that I have blundered through it in a maze.” By exhibiting these works together I invite his figure as an occupant in the twisting maze of pathways.