Steven Claydon

Operation Greensleeves

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Year 2021
Medium Coloured pencil on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21 cm

About the work

The title comes from a fictional operation in a John le Carre book. Actually, I came up with the title and then discovered that he had coined the term. He lived locally in self-imposed exile. I liked the coincidence, and I was thinking about my relocation to the rural west as a sort of experiment, a re-routing much in the same way as Buckminster Fuller embarked on his Guinea Pig B. The image is based on a Holbein drawing with some modified elements. I wanted it to be quotidian, an indirect way of conversing with the artist through the act of drawing. Something like tracing the grooves in a record with a pin and a cone of paper to communicate with the moment of its making. A kind of folly…. a limp form of time travel.

← Ann Churchill


Marcus Cope →

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