Prick

2007

30,000+ steel bead pins, magnetised Belgian linen, stretcher
1mH x 1mW x 50mmD

Series: Magnetic Fields

Prick develops tension in a seemingly soft and sensuous surface consisting of tens of thousands of tiny sharp metal pins.   Flicked Pollock-like, the steel hovers on the surface - multiple untamed gestural brushstrokes.  Magnetised, the activated materials develop an ongoing process painting, sans paint, while pushing the work into the realms of sculpture and performance.  Refracting light and shimmering, the piece heightens the senses.  Alongside the material seduction, colloquial meanings of the term 'prick' hint at sexual intent, sharp rebukes, and unfolding tension.