The Only True Paradise

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. ‘The only true paradise is paradise lost’ Marcel Proust comments about the impermanence of time and  memory. We could ask the question do we live life retrospectively and morn the paradises lost?

Photoshop 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 physiological aspects of the time, the people and the place through colours, textures and marks. Using specific colours that elude the to past, present and future of the people and place.

‘the contradictions of humanity are fully exposed; fantasy and reality, strength and suppression, and the personal and the political all writhe together in circling dialogue’

Paula Rego