125 Hatfield Road
Saint Albans art gallery
Since 2007 Steve’s primary source materials have been the discarded plastic objects that wash ashore on his local Kent coast. While it is impossible to ignore the environmental concerns present in his work, he draws analogies with his practice akin to the role of archaeologist/collector/paradoxical treasure hunter. Via experimental recycling and re-purposing, he seeks to plunder personal and collective narratives and bring them back to the surface of memory.
Steve is an internationally exhibited artist whose practice includes, assemblage, collections, sculptural objects, installation, book works, photography, and sound. These are undertaken in aesthetics born from utility, science, collections, the laboratory and museum. Reflecting his interest in the way that the mundane can move through a transformative state into meaning.
".... The works highlight the problem of the amount of debris in the sea…. the mysterious, the unusual, the forgotten and lost. These plastic objects symbolise the history of the world up to this point, they are contemporary and future archaeology, they both explain and are unexplained. These are the objects of our lives, this is the material of the technologically advanced." Steve McPherson