The tension between subject and material in Simon Periton’s doilies has been developed into beautiful spray-paintings of bold confrontations for his Back To Nature solo show. The project started as an experiment over a year ago and Periton has now arrived, via trial and error, at the apex of his practice.
Recurring motifs from his previous cut-outs with their stunning ornamentation - such as the winged Beelzebub creature, skulls and foliage - are mixed with found imagery of soldiers, Laurence of Arabia and the Queen. Using the doilies as stencils, he layers them over glass creating a beguiling depth where recognisable elements emerge from the colourful abstractions.
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