Acrylic, Image Transfer, Pencil MDF panel on wood frame, ready to hang
20 inx20 in
About the piece
In my practice I free associate images and cut-up text to evoke haiku and the allusions that help us view everyday life with fresh eyes. I draw on the philosophical idea of ‘the Absurd’; the conflict between the human tendency to seek inherent meaning in life and the inability to find any. My works often follow a path of taking the wonder of small things and subverting them into something manic and fierce or poetic and evocative. The characters within the scenarios I create are challenged with weird and impossible predicaments, and the viewer is asked to join them in confronting the strangeness. Generally I let the larger works develop by gradually combining disparate images until a narrative develops in my head. ‘Cake’ is a direct companion piece to ‘Replay’ both in theme and size. Repeated images across the pieces are the travelling family, the abandoned bear, the skull and of course the cake. I have added the French aristocratic lady and the clown like figure wearing a large hat containing elements of the US flag. These juxtapositions bring Trump’s anecdotal story of deciding to bomb Syria while eating cake and the apocryphal words of Marie Antoinette to the fore. Combined with this I have the gun firing across the family into the brain on the other side. The anti-immigrant feeling in the US, UK and Europe concerning numbers fleeing Syria are juxtaposed with the potential loss to culture, business and technology. Notably, Steve Jobs’ biological father was a Syrian political refugee.
About the artist
Since beginning his career in 2007, works by Simon Kirk have proved a great investment and are increasingly sought after by art collectors, notably in America, Dubai and Continental Europe. He exhibited and sold at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2010, 2013 and 2015. He is a resident artist with the Turner | Barnes | Gallery and his work is regularly exhibited as part of their collections for the Hong Kong, Singapore and London Affordable Art Fairs. He has had solo exhibitions in France, Denmark and the USA.