A Material World

Bridport’s now famous Michael Chappell told me he will use anything at all he finds washed up on the beach in his work. Readers will certainly remember the dead bird, but he has also used hedgehog skin, bones, lighters, bitumen, wax, soil, melted plastic, rusty nails and discarded household paint.

Problems arise from such exotic media, such as the bitumen not drying for months; accidentally setting fire to some of his other work; molten wax spilled all over his carpet; and not being able to exhibit something for ages until the ghastly smell had subsided somewhat! Chappell has put up with a lot in order to show the public what art can be, rather than what it should be, including personal and hurtful attacks. Nitsch (amongst others) shows us that being an artist is all about redefining boundaries and experimenting with modes of expression. No one is asking you to like what these artists produce!

Marshwood Vale: 4th Aug 2005 13:41:00

 

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