Crowd Work

2010 - 2012

For the 'Crowd work' series (2010-2012) I trawled the internet for footage and images of disasters across the globe involving crowds. I was drawn to the contrast between crowd crushes in countries like India (due to pilgrimages) and crowd crushes in the West (for example in Primark and other venues connected to mass consumer culture). I painted images of the shops that opened just after rationing finished in the UK and I painted images of food aid distribution in the Middle East.

I would select which element, which characters and which narrative I would paint within the composition. Restricted by the pixelated quality of the images the way in which I painted these compositions connected to a long tradition of mural art and is intended to prompt the viewer to question the reliability of the story teller at a time before ‘fake news’ became such a prevalent phenomenon. The series also investigates ideas about causality and environmental fragility.