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KING CONNY WOBBLE

"For the last three years I've completely concentrated on making films, so it feels quite strange to be exhibiting objects out of that context, especially as this show will not be seen by people who are at all familiar with my work. The Horror Heads will no doubt at some point become part of a film project, but it feels good to be in the dark about that for the time being. The Horror Heads are an attempt to make something as macabre as possible without dropping off in to something gory or explicitly morbid. The heads themselves are carved from solid logs, all of which I have picked up during trips into the English countryside. An artist in my studio block commented that a couple of them look as if they could almost have been made by nature itself, perhaps by a freak fire or natural erosion and decay. I thought that was a brilliant thing to suggest and although that didn't cross my mind when making them it is certainly how I like to imagine them now.

The woodblock print Kirkcarrion was originally made for an exhibition entitled Kirkcarrion. The word translates roughly from ancient Gaelic to "church of the dead flesh". Kirkcarrion is a real place in County Durham. One of the several legends connected to the place marks it as the site of a great massacre in Celtic times. Each tree on the site is said to mark the body of one of the victims. My image portrays one of the dead seeking their revenge re-embodied as a green man."