A question of scale:

Since reading a great book called Origins of form by Christopher Williams it has been a part of my practice to ask, “why are things the size they are?” This led to a lot of my work responding to interpretations of scale.


By acknowledging a spatial relation to the real-world, i.e. shrinking or expanding familiar objects proportionate to their actual size, “scale” unpacks complex narratives which ultimately leads to discovering, well, why things are the size that they are.


With scale comes ratio, and here lies the problem. How does one tell how big something is without units of recognized measurement?


I am convinced that there is no universal standard of measure which is embraced universally. For instance the metric system (with its easy to comprehend divisibility by ten) is still the confused younger brother of Imperial (which relies on fractions). On the other hand, Cubits are the poorer cousins of the Space-between-thumb-and-forefinger, who are related to a distant aunty who sends pictures of her beagle wearing a tea towel hat which  I really wish she would stop doing, it’s unhelpful.


So it is my belief that all forms of measurement demand a conversion chart for those otherwise not in the know, thus it may be universally recognized but not universally understood without said conversion chart. Given my attitudes to the above mentioned “standard of measure” I instead use my own measurement system based on what I believe is a true universal measurement analogue: the cheese stick.


The length and girth of cheese sticks are internationally consistent thanks to strict guidelines policed by the international Cheese Weights and Measures Bureau (CWMB) set up by the UN just after the war.


So in order to fully experience the spatial (conceptual) demands of my work, pop down to your nearest cheese stick supplier and purchase one. When necessary, hold it up to the screen to calibrate.


This option is not available for all my works for reasons of practicality (photographs taken on hot days effect/affect cheese shrinkage giving faulty readings and more than once I got hungry and was forced to have the measurement device for lunch).


With that, please continue, have a lovely day and remember I love you all. ALL!