“The only true paradise is paradise lost” – Marcel Proust
The iconic (now demolished) Sheffield city centre landmark ‘The hole in the road’ was a network of subterranean underpasses, converging into a large open circular space underneath a large roundabout. A hub of the city with thousands passing through daily. It is the nostalgia and lament held for this piece of iconic 1960s brutalist architecture which I find fascinating.
Montages incorporating screen prints, photos and plans along with ink paintings of characters from the landmark on coloured acrylic sprayed circles, express the social, economic and psychological aspects of the time, the people and the place through the colours, textures and marks.