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JP Delaney
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Art Trap
Oil on cotton on metal wire frame
h.60cm w.165cm d.100cm
May 1994

JP's Description: This is the nearest I hope to get to making an artist's coffin.

I'd found a well-paying job washing dishes, rented a nice apartment, and had recently taken on the role of the proud father... but was infinitely bored.

I'd drifted away from contact with the art world and was afraid this would be the last piece I'd ever do.

In a way, I suppose I look on every work I do now potentially the last one ever.

Lacking a basic confidence in this stuff means I'd spend inordinate amounts of time testing my commitment to an ideal of the artist. My concern would be to fail that test, and drop the brushes once and for all.

This was a time that I'd come closest to doing just that.

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2006-11-03 11:06

i like these coffins a lot!i like also very much the way you develop your sculptures on metal wire!

2006-12-25 04:23

me gusta mucho tu obra, ¡¡¡¡es muy vasta y de excelente calidad!!!!!

2006-12-25 10:19

art trap...look j-p, there is this guy who's a teacher at the art school in hamburg who worked a lot just doing traps. one link si here:
the other here:
andreas slominksi is his name...he deals with the sulptural features of the traps; coffins for artists sounds great!

2014-08-16 08:30

Paul .Keep painting. Get that dialogue going between you and your materials . It's not really a game. We all have demons to deal with every day .
Happy days , if you have your health you can do anything .
It was great catching up with you .
Take care of your self and your family .

2014-08-17 13:56

Mamma mia... don't tell me you're going to disappear! Only just arrived, stirring things up with sound critique, and you're already fed up? Personally, I'd like to know what it means:

1) "Get that dialogue going between you and your materials"
2) "It's not really a game"
3) "We all have demons to deal with every day"

Loaded statements that beg elucidation.

2014-08-28 10:12

You can't have all the sweets in the shop you have to stick with one or two from my own personal experience. I realised that I wasn't going to live forever . So I stopped making 3d work quite a while ago . Storage was a problem every time I moved I had to break up work . Left only with photos/ slides of the same. I lost interest in making things , because I was making things , had no dialogue with the materials. Not for me, now anyhow .Down the road who knows. I still have to learn too much about 2D image making.


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