Entry Title: "pike 3"
Name: Sydney Clare Checkland , United Kingdom
Category and Expertise: Abstract, Non-Professional

Entry Description: "Oh, what a tangled web we weave....when first we practice to deceive." Walter Scott

About the Artist:

First career as mechanical engineer making diverse products such as aero engines for Rolls Royce and riding hats for Thomas Townend. Last ten years creativity has blossomed from interior and jewellery design to now making abstract images. Inspired by memories of my daughter’s absorption as a child examining objects in her hands for ages; love the thought of studying a found object from different perspectives then creating a series of images of the same object – ‘What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare’. Physical limits rewarded by looking closely at the detail of things within reach and their intrinsic imperfect beauty. Interested in confusion created by concept of turning things the size of a fingernail into the size of a window. All images are abstract. Much pleasure is taken from interpretations of my work – the range of suggestions is in turn funny, unexpected, charming. The objects photographed are not revealed. Series names are playful – ‘Oh, what a tangled web we weave. When first we practise to deceive!’. Self taught, images are taken in natural light at home, there is little manipulation of the photograph apart from cropping. Images are printed on aluminium or mirror giving them luminosity that changes with the light during the day and the seasons echoing the ephemeral nature of the image itself. Views through the macro lens bring a thrill, surprise and delight. Something exists yet can’t be seen by the naked eye. Am delighted by my creation of mysterious, painterly photographs of the rejected, the damaged, the aged and the overlooked.