The Captain: Vintage Matchbox, Paper Collage, Acrylic, 18 x 25
The piece grew from my response to a matchbox I picked up at an antiques/flea market. Somehow the image of Captain Webb – the first recorded person to swim the English Channel without artificial aids – has melded with the story of Nerval, the French poet, walking ‘Thibault’ his pet lobster in the jardins of the Palais-Royal.
It is made using a vintage matchbox and tiny pieces of painted and cut out paper that I have layered up and stuck inside. I use various paints and inks in my work but in this case I used acrylic paint and an acid free cartridge paper with an archival PVA to stick the little pieces together. The frame is a deep box frame that I stained up myself.