I was born in Portsmouth, England and have lived here all my life. Portsmouh is an Island upon the South coast and renowned for having a strong naval heritage yet often notorious for our island mentality. Over the past few years Portsmouth an Southsea has been building upon its wealth of creative talent within the city. Part of the goings on and activities across the city are blogged about regularly by an unfunded and independent website. www.strong-island.co.uk.
The website has a large following within the city and recently was able to hold it's first ever exhibition at the re-opening of the historical Round Tower in Old Portsmouth. It hadn't been open to the public in a few hundred years. The exhibition featured over 30 local and homegrown creatives work. I was lucky enough to be asked to create some pieces for the show, in response to the brief "Strong Island and what it means to you"
I used a local skateshops famous "Southsea Bronx Strong Island" logo as an outline for my work, then forged three images relating to things I love about the city, Hate about it, and the Historical elements. Hence the title. The images are mixed media alongside collaged ephemera and found objects. Each piece has a very specific colour pallette and are approx 60cm square.
The exhibition had over 4000 visitors in space of two weeks. I was extremely proud to be a part of it. Here's to the next one and the continuation of the love and pride we have in our strong island.
I hope you enjoy x
1. Love it 2. Or hate it 3. Admit it we've got history