Remember me on this computer
JP Delaney
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Oil on linen on metal wire structure
h.100cm w.165cm d.90cm
Feb 1996

JP's Description: One of the first works projected as a stand-alone sculpture. (I'd finally come off-the-wall).

Opposing spirals. A familiar celtic motif, with some added curvilinear feminine grace.

It turned out to be a great climbing object for the kids when they were little.

Unfortunately, my stubborn insistance on doing larger works like this creates more and more a problem of finding storage space afterwards.

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2007-11-27 23:38

I've been meaning to ask you this for quite a while what's with this on the wall off the wall thing, as though coming off the wall were some kind of victory or advancement in your personal evolution?
I'm not sure whether you're either a painter or sculptor but you're definitely an artist and I think you should try to stop the tendency to see yourself as one or the other. You seem to see it as some kind of progress to go from on the wall to off the wall but after all is said and done you're still painting your 3-D stuff and not like a sculptor would, all solid colour or different planes of colour.
Like myself, I don't think of you as a painter. What do I mean? Simply that you don't particularly love the substance or are enchanted with the lovely surface textures and brushstrokes and are indifferent to colour and quality of pigment, etc. And I don't think of you as a sculptor either because you're not all that interested in pure form and how the space cuts up from innumerable angles or once again the appeal of materials and surfaces. As a matter of fact you basically use painters' materials to produce your three dimensional works with the addition of wire mesh. Yet somehow you've created some of the most beautiful images (both the paintings and 3d works) on this site. I've been looking at them now for quite a while now (art takes time, even lousy digital reproductions of it) and I like them more and more. There's something meaningful and honest about them and I have wanted to comment many times but am reluctant to do so because I relate too closely to you and your failure/s and rejection.
How do I know it? It's obvious from your comments.The sculptures that collapse in on themselves and never turn out as expected and are abandoned to finish themselves and become something different and unexpected, paintings completed and painted over or lost, who knows where... for ever. Stuff you can't give away to be rid of, all that futile effort.
If art is strategy, and I think it is to a large extent, at the very least, a "life strategy", the main problem being how do you go on doing something that no one wants? How do you keep your interest when you feel dead on the inside and look at your accumulating inventory with disgust, and the whole world, including beloved supporters think you're mad for flogging a dead horse for so long? The answer for me at least (maybe it's my age) is complete indifference, just carry on with whatever it is that may arouse your interest. Apparently for you it's been this website for the last while, it's anyone's guess as to why. However I'm sure you'll get back to your own work in earnest at some point.
Just keep asking your own dumb questions. Answering them into your old age may be your only solace.

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