Technique and condition

A permanently assembled unit comprising a sheet of suspended transparent plastic, pierced by twenty-three centrally clustered projecting elements of softwood. These blocks have assorted dimensions and lengths, some are orthogonal others are slanted or curved. All projections exhibit predominantly black and white colouring with patches of strong colour on protruding ends and sides.

The sheet of clear machine-made Perspex has two pierced holes near the top edge for attaching hanging wires. The smooth edges are 6mm thick with an opaque finish. Planed wood battens of varying dimensions appear to pass through the Perspex from back to front; they are secured in place with hidden metal dowels passing through concealed holes in the plastic. One thin black painted batten is held with three concealed nails or headless screws at right-angles to all the others and projects 192mm out to one side, well beyond the square of Perspex. Excluding the inside ends, where they butt up against the Perspex, all sides of the battens have predominately grey/white matt paint finish applies by brush. As described by the title of the relief, elliptical, round and striped patches of strong coloured gloss paint are on the sides, as well as the end grain of many battens.

The structure is mostly sound but three projections that pass over the edge of the Perspex are loose because they are attached by only one concealed countersunk screw. The Perspex sheet has a few minor chips to the top edge. The sides have numerous circular surface scratches with one deep L shaped scratch to the lower front face. Many wood battens have small chips in the paint, as well as losses of wood substrate on their furthest projected point, due to past abrasions. The surface is overall dusty with accumulated dirt in crevices. Handling marks in the paint, probably made by the artist, have yellowed and are now evident on the inner surfaces of the wood battens close to the Perspex sheet. There is no artist’s inscription.

The layers of accumulated dust on top surfaces and dirt trapped in recessed areas, was removed with a soft brush. The Perspex was cleaned with a specialist polish to slightly diminish the scratches.

The relief is designed to be viewed from all sides so will be displayed suspended from the top edge on two thin flying wires.

Sandra Deighton
April 2005