Shal Mines
Artist Statement.

As an artist my work is driven by objects and materials that I discover when walking around antiques fairs, charity shops, car boot sales, markets or even things left in the street.  I often think about the life of the object, was it loved? Was it just a necessity? Was it a kept old unwanted gift they felt they should keep hold of?  If it could talk, what would it tell me?  I then begin to wonder what I could do with it. How does it inspire me? Is it the patina? Is it the colour? Is it the aesthetic? Or is it a combination of all of these?

I sometimes start working on an idea straight away sometime I can keep a piece for years before I develop something that I want to do with it.  As an artist I am driven by objects and a desire to put objects that juxtapose to one another that may make the viewer question the relationships between the objects and materials used, I want to make the viewer consider these things in a way that they might not have done before.  I like to give the viewer a sense of wonder and curiosity to almost give them that child like wonder or to make them think and draw their conclusions is it wonderful or is it sinister?  What was the purpose and why did the artist do this. As an artist I don’t really start off with any meaning or theme, I let the materials and objects guide my and possible stories and themes develop at the art is created.

I am challenged as an artist to create a piece of work that looks like a art piece, it’s very easy for works made from found objects to look like craft projects.  To use an item and to create juxtaposition with another item but to give them a common linking factor can be difficult but other times the concepts come straight away.  I have used books in the past to bring the story from inside the book to the outside for the view to see as one image.  Sometimes I keep the story as it was written then other times still only using the images from the book I create a sinister darker story or change the context altogether.  I enjoy creating images or portraits on other medium other than plain paper, items like tissue dress patterns, vintage letters, book pages and tea bags, anything that can be drawn on.  I also love to challenge myself to cross stitch into solid objects such as vinyl and plastic shop dummies.  These are the items that make me thrive as an artist, it’s how I express myself.

Many artist and styles influence me, artist such as Dali, Duchamp, Brian Dettmer, Dustin Yellin, Alexander Korzer Robinson, Dan Hiller, and Benjamin Lacombe to name just a few.  I am also inspired by styles and eras Art Nouveau, 19 20’s/50’s/60’s.  The natural forms of Art Nouveau drive an interest in fairy tales and fantasies and the fantasies of Steam Punk have lead to an interest in the Victorian era. But I am also inspired by learning other artist’s processes and its interesting learning how they created a piece or trying to work out their process so I can give it a try myself.  I don’t stick to one medium as I am driven by many and enjoy the constant challenge of learning.

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Linslade, United Kingdom



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