To give the sense of monotony and to emphasise the modularity of it’s components I used stencils and spray paint to interpret some of the components in scene. The helicopters above a horizon on a 10m roll of paper produced something like a wallpaper border.
A happy charity shop find of postcards of hotels just had to join in; more stencils and deliberate monotonoy. Repetition is the basis of this work, it relates to meditation and how repetition is used to still the mind.Clearly this has the potential to be, and look, pretty boring, but a closer glance will reveal deviations from exact repetition; like traditional Middle Eastern carpets or Japanese ceramics (the Buddihst concept of wabi sabi, relating to impermance) where the artist deliberately introduces irregularities or flaws to eschew perfection (not that I’m in danger achieving perfection) and create a subtle interest.
The use of military imagery gives the work a political air and spending time thinking about it, I have found multi-layered possible interpretations. This oblique approach is seen in Thomas Demand’s ‘The Embassy’ (2007), a photograph of a model of the Niger Embassy in Rome which he visited in order to try and find the roots of a canard about Saddam Hussein attempting to import yellowcake uranium, thought to have originated there. The rumour was used one of the justifications for invading Iraq.