Tally Ho! 2012 | £2500
Tally Ho! is my latest work to mix funfare with conflict. Fighter planes from the Battle of Britain circle a radar topped octopus whilst onlookers relax in a couple of deck chairs and a Focke Wulf attempts to dive-bomb a Union Jack beach towel.
If I think about why I like this pairing - funfair / warfare - I think it's because of the sense of isolation and self containment that's becoming more apparent as this series of works continues (see Sandstorm and Thunderbay). Isolation both in the individual character of the conflict, in the iconic visual references and of the fairground ride itself practically. A fairground - especially the travelling kind - is actually made up of very individual self contained attractions, spinning away in proximity with but independently of one another.
I like this metaphor of the conflict within the ride... spinning away until it eventually wears out or is replaced by a newer attraction. Tally Ho! is quite timely in this sense as the Battle of Britain begins to fade from living memory spinning off into the realms of the historical. With each new generation it becomes less important to our sense of identity as memory becomes blurred, stereotypes distorted, wounds heeled and contemporary issues having taken its place. But that's not to say that one shouldn't remember, or learn or honour or mourn but rather the realisation of the inevitability of all things ultimately fading. In all the works I like this ambivalent sense that whilst the fair has moved on leaving a lone ride spinning away, until everyone gets bored or something breaks, it is for now very much alive and in use. And I hope that this more subtle contradiction of something being very much alive and fading echos the contradiction between the sense of fun and sadness of the subject.
Tally Ho! 2012
Acrylic and mixed media on 280 gsm somerset paper
73 cm x 107 cm
£2500 (framed / VAT inc.)