Assemblage by Andy Cairns
Recycling is central to my art – rescuing materials that have been abandoned, valuing them and giving them a new sense of purpose. I believe that waste is one of the worst aspects of society – wasting the potential of many people as well as our resources.
I work in the field of assemblage – bringing together different elements to create interesting juxtapositions and harmonies. I am particularly interested in developing the stories that objects want to tell when combined together – be they historical, biographical or imaginary.
I am drawn to old, corroded, weathered materials and artefacts. I find that when materials and artefacts that have a history embedded in their surfaces come together there is a tremendous chatter and creative energy as they begin to weave new narratives that take their history and embellish it in imaginative ways.
I try to capture this chatter in my work, configuring the individual elements into a composition that sets off creative narratives in the mind of the viewer.
I studied Art and Environmental Education at Lancaster University before working in community arts and then further education. I completed an MA in Fine Art at Norwich School of Art and Design in 2004 and moved to Devon in April 2014 from where I run West Devon Art Workshops CIC, delivering community arts projects and art classes.
I have exhibited widely across the country and undertaken several public and private commissions.
Assemblage and Wax Encaustic