Bowl and Cipher
About this artwork
The eight collaged elements in this piece are set into the surface, in the same manner as intarsia inlay. The rest is painted. Above the solid weight of a bowl hovers a fragmentary, invented text form, giving an almost musical sense of movement and rotation.Part of David's signature series of minimalist abstractions inspired by his long standing love of language and words. In each collage painting he methodically pieces together the composition, building a story through the suggestion of specific objects - such as bowls, tents and tools - and their relationship with one another. What doesn't come across in a piece is the time it takes, the journey made, the lengthy process of selection and the changes undergone, explains David. Often I take away, remove sometimes more shapes, than are added.