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Whenever you watch the news, a newsreader hands over to some sort of correspondent. Invariably, that correspondent is twinned with a map of where they happen to be reporting from. Given the rolling nature of news these days, it came to my attention that certain geographic shapes have become loaded with certain connotations. You see North Korea… what’s he up to now? Afghanistan…when will this end?? Myanmar…how many forced out today? You can begin to predict the story before the reporter opens their mouth. In terms of the Western media, each disaster zone has one pressing matter and it comes and goes as time progresses.

This work (No Title) is about how these said places fall in and out of ‘newsworthy consciousness’ but are in many ways, interconnected.

The gallery refers to the moment I thought of it (when the Russian annexation of Crimea was mentioned again) to the finished piece. I thought that it would be interesting to show the evidence of progression, given that this piece is essentially about time.

Predictable monumentalism

Recent indecision and the seemingly unending problems regarding Brexit has given me the impression that the EU's days are most certainly numbered. The "Monument to the European Union" is a political work that represents my prediction of the future; that the EU will no longer exist and, at some point, architects will be invited to immortalize what it stood for. I have taken my cues from seeing other proposals for Public works in their documentative form. Photographs, sketches, written explanations etc. The successful proposals exist somewhere in the real world and have become part of the urban population's everyday experience. The failures on the other hand, rejected for whatever reason, give off the feeling of what could been, the possible alternative or if 'the grass is greener'. I have found this notion to be systematic of how many feel about Brexit and especially the contemporary opinion on the subject of nationalism.

The sculpture itself is a collection of twenty five plaster casts. Each being a representation of a motorway junction in and around Bruxelles. These stand for the very literal confusion and the list of potential outcomes that we now find ourselves in. In addition, by experimenting with the scale and digitally rendering a model into a realistic image, the question of how 'monumental' or 'substantial' it is comes to the fore.