Brass Head (from the series "Head")

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Edition of 30

£375.00

40.60 x 50.80 cm paper size
36.75 x 49.00 cm image size

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Walking down a street in Acton, Bill Jackson came across a gold podium. An inveterate hoarder he picked it up and took it home. Six months later he was walking in Hampstead and saw a hatter's modelling head left abandoned on a wall and thought it would go well on the gold podium, so he picked it up and took it home.

Bill is a collector of things. Since his school days when he was sent off to find interesting items for the nature table, Bill has had a fascination for the found object. Labelling and storing each discovered treasure in carefully categorised boxes, over time Bill has formed his own museum of curios; kept in case they might come in useful. And so it was with the gold podium and hatter's head.

Bill's first idea of how to use these objects was to continue his series of "Imaginary People''. So using tissue paper and pins he started to sculpt a set of paper heads. When taking the paper off, Bill was left with the pins which held the paper in place and found he'd made something much more interesting than his original idea and so his first pin head was made.

Rummaging around in his boxes he picked out other objects that he could stick onto the hatter's head; bits of leather, bones, drawing pins, plasters, syringes. His choice of addition was chosen along with the name, playing with both a word and visual pun, creating a humorous set of new friends; skin head, leather head, pin head, plaster head and so on...

As for many artists who make something in order to photograph it, Bill's interest in his series of heads does not lie in the objects he has made. In and of themselves these sculptures would not stand up to close scrutiny or critical judgement. Rather the act of construction is conceived to produce three-dimensional models for the sole purpose of photographing them and in the process of photographing them the models are transformed from something imperfect into a work of beauty. It is this transformative act that becomes the essence of the artwork and the photograph its original expression.

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