September 25, 2010


ARTISAN                                                                                                                                                                            SOLD
The painting is based on the ‘vegetable’ portraits of Guiseppe Archimboldo, using images of tools to create a figure representing the Archetype of the maker/artist/artisan. The dictionary defines artisan as :one skilled in any art or trade, a handicraftsman, a mechanic. It is appropriate that ‘Artisan’ should appear at Johnny’s D.I.Y. and appropriate that Johnny’s should be at 150 Deptford High Street ——–“ these other properties were evidently artisanal dwellings. In the 1740s occupants included two shipwrights, a sailmaker, and a house carpenter, all in the pay of the Naval Dockyard.”
The painting is created only of materials available at Johnny’s D.I.Y.

I have a large collection of old tools but am in know way an artiisan. I cannot even insert a screw. To me tools are magical artefacts. They are totems of masculinity. This is linked to the fact that I grew up in a house that only possessed a hammer and a screw driver neither of which was ever used by my father. Any D.I.Y undertaken was done by my mother. The archetype of the father is ,he who takes you out into the world, who builds a place of safety away from that world. My father did neither of these things. Perhaps in collecting tools I am trying to accumulate some of the masculine magic I missed out on in my childhood.

Open studios
The Old Police Station
Fri 24th Sept 6-9pm
Sat 25th Sept 12-6pm
Sat 2nd Oct 12-6pm


2 Responses to “DEPTFORD X”

  1. Caroline Galea Says:

    It was lovely to meet you this afternoon. Yours was the best I saw all day after trawling all the other galleries and studios open for DX. Keep it up !

    Can you please remind me of the name of the woman who murdered her parents so I can look up the history. Horrible story. I assume you have read the books of Alice Miller ?

    Thanks for the Pimms.

    Best wishes


    • charliepi Says:

      IT WAS GREAT TALKING TO YOU. The woman who killed her parents was Lizzie Borden , ‘Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother 40 whacks. When she saw what she had done she gave her father 41.’ Yes’The gifted Child’ by Alice Miller was a very influential book in my understanding of the dangers of pedagogy as were the Brothers Grimm.. Please keep in touch.

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