Eastham and Hayley Lock
Landscapes and Myths
Eastham and Hayley Lock represent a resurgence of the collage
technique in fine art practice. They espouse the inherent fascination
with images and the desire to manipulate and play with meaning
that is essential to such a technique, if not such an age as now.
The artists work together assumes a position of great intrigue
and innovation with materials and fascination with intricate detail
and mysterious intent.
Lock's practice is based on reproduction, reconfiguration and souvenirs.
The reproductions she creates focus on entwining existing works and
objects with aspects of life in modern day society. Recently she has
focused her interests towards hierarchical and fantastical subjects
of monarchy and noble folk as well as the narrative. Using collage,
digital manipulation, photography, sculpture and sound her work is
derived globally from a cross – cultural mix of folklore, slang
and imaginary alternative secret societies with its roots to date
based alongside traditional Dutch, Spanish, English, French, Italian,
Swedish and Japanese portraiture. She explores the possibilities of
extracting stories of the imaginary, of mythology.
collages are concerned with landscapes made up of stereotypes, representations,
and metaphors that whilst being apparently false and superficial still
pertain to passions of national and personal identity.
She uses the format of a traditional landscape to explore the beguiling
mystery of collage through sentimentalised images with a hint of dramatic
human presence using references from the 18th century English school
of romantic painting, portrayals of the ‘wild’ Western
America, sci-fi and romantic book covers, and images of stylised jewellery
and objects of nature. There is an intriguing sense of depth through
the flatness of paper with an oscillation of fantasy and reality.
the two artists confirm the energy of reused content in reconfigured
images and the innate magnetism of delicate, hand-manipulated materials.