This piece Perched, is very much made with the main guiding principle that I try to apply to the things I make, simplicity.
Aside from the pedestal base It is literally just two pieces of wood fastened together, that’s it.
The point of the piece, on the other hand is a little more complex. And there are two components to it.
Firstly, I am trying to engage with the observers and invoke the psychological effect known as Pareidolia. If you’re not familiar with this effect it does have a rather dry definition, but can be loosely described as seeing things that just aren’t there.
This is very much like truth in politics, or modern politics generally. Sounds like it could be true, looks like it could be true, and possibly it may even feel as though it’s true. It’s almost certainly going to be a lie and the absolute opposite of what you’re being told.
And that brings me to the second purpose of this sculpture.
It is a warning for some and a reminder to others.
We are, in this year of 2024, absolutely Perched on the edge of catastrophe. And as we move along these next years, approaching 2030.
Things are going to get worse. Much much worse.
The reasons for this are complex, and I’m not going to mention them here in this post. You’ll just have to check out some of the other posts, and my new Mexican pieces.